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St. Mary's Cathedral

1111 Gough Street at Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
415 567 2020
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Ranked #70 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
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Casper, Wyoming
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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61 helpful votes 61 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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134 helpful votes 134 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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185 reviews 185 reviews
156 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

St. Mary's is some way from the centre on Geary Street up on the Western Addition District ridge. Architecturally it must have been a truly ground breaking design for the 1960's and is on a very spacious site surrounded with large car parks. From the outside it looks a bit like a huge pointed tent. First impressions inside are breathtaking... More

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Seal Beach, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I wish I had gone here for a mass--I am sure the sounds are like being in heaven. Beautiful, lovely architecture, great windows and views. Just a wonderful place to see. Gift shop has some trinkets, but nothing spectacular. Take the time for a quick stop

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