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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 #75 of 373 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We went to St Mary`s Church with a tour the church looked very modern from outside but It was really nice inside and I loved the organ there.

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Platte City, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

A very beautiful church with stained glass. The history of this church and it is survived the 1906 earthquake is amazing.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Most striking modern architecture. Wonderful, beautiful. Awesome! I was raised on the East Coast used to traditional style churches. I was impressed with this New Look. Long live the Church. Make it a must see when in San Francisco. GOD BLESS EVERYONE associated with this building's upkeep .and existence of both St. MARY'S CHURCHES. William Cross

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

We were walking around San Francisco in the Chinatown area. We happened upon a notice of a lunchtime concert of classical music. We thoroughly enjoyed listening to piano and violin.

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DC Area
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Saw this on TripAdvisor and knew for the above it was a must see in our trip two weeks ago. Just plan your visit to avoid church services. Ranks up there with Hallgrímskirkja in Iceland! It is a very moving experience....

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I grew up with the old gothic style, full of wood and traditional statues and frescos in San Francisco. Then after watching it burn down I had little interest in the cold cement style newer version hat was built. I finally went to visit it last week with extended family and recommend it highly . The stain glass windows, the... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

It's kind of hard to believe that concrete can make such unique lines and beautiful architecture. You would most likely see radical buildings with formed metal as the structure, but to do it in concrete is simply amazing. Architecture at it's finest, it's not all about design, but method and material. The inside of the cathedral is beautiful. The folks... More

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San Francisco
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

St Mary's Cathedral will take your breath away - it is a daring departure from the traditional Catholic church. First, it is huge - it seats 2400 people. It was dedicated in 1971. Yea, Vatican Council. Called a "spiritual oasis" - the interior rises 19 stories high! Faceted glass windows representing the Four Basic Elements form a cross at the... More

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