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St. Mary's Cathedral

Address: 1111 Gough Street at Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415 567 2020
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Ranked #69 of 330 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.

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Redwood City, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This place is amazingly beautiful. Came here with a choir and it was the perfect place to sing. ...................

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's certainly full of the "Spirit of Vatican II." Beautiful, interesting architecture, but completely inappropriate for a Catholic Church. I wouldn't expect a hidden Tabernacle in a cathedral, but that's what you get... High points: Great docents who love to talk about the building, and a beautiful organ. A big plus was that the organist was giving a demonstration for... More 

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Casper, Wyoming
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We stopped by on a Sunday and were able to listen to the end of the Chinese mass. we were able to read all bout St. Mary's history they had it already as you walked in.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Architecture must be a religion on its own, or so you have to think after visiting St Mary's. The architects were able to reinvent the medieval brief for churches, creating a building that inspires respect, transmits peace and more importantly wants you to return to it. Visit it, walk around its perimeter, sit on the benches for five minutes, look... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My friend and I - both not religious - quite enjoyed visiting this building. We had driven past it several times during our stay and marvelled at it's unusual and imposing design so decided to see what it was like inside. The cathedral does not disappoint. The inside is as, if not more, incredible and unusual as the outside. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

As a non-religious person the cathedral probably didn't hold such significance for me. But the architecture is so astounding and unique one can still see the beauty. It's a deffo must-see for both religious and non-religious visitors as it is probably unlike any other religious building you've encountered.

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San Francisco, CA
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123 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Amazing architecture, vast soaring space and when there's music...heavenly, no joke. Over the years they've flown all manner of banners and it's always wonderful to see. Enjoy!

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A walk up up up to Nob Hill brings you to the St. Mary's Cathedral. It is a beautiful church with fabric(?) streamers of sorts in all colors coming down from the ceiling so you see almost everything through their veil. The organist was practicing when we were there and that was wonderful as well. Stained glass. Several smaller chapels.

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

St. Mary's Cathedral of the Assumption is definitely worth seeing and judging by the many tour buses, it is seen by many. The gem of architectural genius may not impress one at first and may see impersonal and distant. It really is the opposite. It's actually a Christian theological journey. When you enter the bronze front doors notice the metal... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I've seen my share of cathedrals but this one is unique. Not even sure how to characterize the architecture - modern, soaring, large glass windows allow views of the city but there are vertical stained glass windows too, a fantastic organ, a cross seemingly floating in midair - really worth seeing. Check online for mass times as they won't let... More 

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