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St. Mary's Cathedral

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Address: 1111 Gough Street at Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 567 2020
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Description: This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and...
This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
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INCREDIBLE WORK OF ART! A MUST SEE if you go to San Francisco

WOW!!! What an experience! I have a background in engineering and this Cathedral is spectacular!! What appears to be very modern and simplistic at first glance, is quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

WOW!!! What an experience! I have a background in engineering and this Cathedral is spectacular!! What appears to be very modern and simplistic at first glance, is quite complex and impressive as you explore. The architecture is magnificent and speaks for itself but when you stand back and take a moment to appreciate the symbolism throughout the cathedral you can't... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Nothing I imagined could have prepared me for this modernistic cathedral clad in white travertine marble. The absence of a symbolic cross (other than on the roof) on the exterior belies the magnificent architectural masterpiece housing the altar. The interior is a 19-story squarish dome supported by four immense concrete pilings. Given frequent earthquakes, I imagined the true definition of... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I read a recommendation from Fr. James Martin, SJ who had been to St.Mary's Cathedral for a special occasion. He urged people to see it if they visited San Francisco. We were there for a Road Scholar program and realized that our hotel was in walking distance to the Cathedral so we went for the 11am Sunday Mass. The structure... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Reminiscent of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, this modernist building does succeed in creating an atmosphere of meditative peace inside thanks to its striking stained glass and the cool, almost cavernous interior. I'm glad I dropped in (I chanced upon it while walking from the downtown up to Alamo Square). There's a reception but that's for information: there's no admission charge. The... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is a well known building of the brutal modernism of the mid 20th century by an italian engineer, Pier Luigi Nervi. Forget the exterior looks, go inside the building (6:30am - 5:00pm).

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

What a beautiful church. The stain glass is amazing. Loved seeing the different area of the church where different services are held.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I don`t do religion but a reverence stopped me taking an internal photographs. Architecture is incredibly subjective but this place is spectacular. You don`t have to guess how the roof`s held up because massive, knotted concrete pillars are neatly placed around the interior`s perimeter creating an awesome roof space. A magical octagonal font greets when you enter and the mad... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Excellent place to worship Plenty of parking and seating. The architecture of the building is unique. This a Catholic Church and it is very convenient to get here either by Muni or by car.

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am not a religious person but do love visiting Cathedrals/Churches wherever I get an opportunity both for feeling the peace you have there and appreciating the spirit behind constructing such beautiful buildings and decorating them so rich with taste and fervour. Most such buildings I have found to be quite ornamentally decorated all around the world having typical shape... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you are most often in Cathedrals that are more of a Baroque Style of architecture... you are in for a real treat. I do love the Baroque style - but this Cathedral is very modern - minimalist- intriguing... It is a lovely & reverent space. There was an Organ Concert happening & it was amazing!! Don't miss a visit... More 

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