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The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Address: 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: (415) 986-4557
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What a unbelievable surprise.

It was on a food walking tour that we were shown the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. We were privileged to be welcomed by a church greeter and invited to tour the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It was on a food walking tour that we were shown the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. We were privileged to be welcomed by a church greeter and invited to tour the shrine and enjoy. La Nuova Porziuncola is a scaled replica of Saint Francis's Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy, and we were delighted to say that it brought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

While the church itself is closed for renovations, the 75% scale model of St Francis' church in Assisi is holy and wonderful. A nice place to light a candle and offer a prayer before the blessed sacrament. Daily mass at 12:30, Sunday at 11. Free, but seek donations for upkeep of the national shrine. Cool gift shop right around the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Cathedral is temporarily closed for renovation; rumor is that it will open in September 2014. The adjacent chapel is open. The adjacent chapel, La Porziuncola Nuova, is a scaled replica of Saint Francis's Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy. It was dedicated in San Francisco on September 27, 2008 by Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is definitely a visit for pilgrims. There was a special service when we visited, so we were given the opportunity to see the Shrine and Church in the early evening.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stopped by this church while strolling along in North beach. We also visited the gift shop. This church is just exquisite. Take time to stop by this gorgeous church and it's history. As you enter the church you are on a marble floor from Assisi. There is an exact replica of the original Porziuncola Nuova in Assisi Italy. All... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Beautiful church in the North Beach Italian section of the city. We decided to visit while walking around the area and were not disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

San Francisco is an endless joy for any lover of Renaissance: a treasure trove of frescoes from Giotto and his school adorn the Basilica in Assisi. Works began on the Church in early 13th Century, the day after San Francisco was canonized by the Pope. It is ironic that Giotto, about whom Vassari writes "there was no uglier man in... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This architecturally striking shrine on Vallejo Street is a prominent landmark in the North Beach district. As a BART user and an urban trekker, I didn’t mind that parking was scarce in this area. Along its interior walls, paintings depicted the 14 Stations of the Cross, from the Condemnation of Jesus to Death to the Laying of Jesus in the... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This beautiful church and its Porziuncola Nuova Chapel are tops to see during anyone's visit to San Francisco. They are located in the center of North Beach, SF's most interesting and enjoyable neighborhood, a short walk from Union Square and next to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. The church is the oldest church in California outside of the Spanish missions and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

The National Shrine offers a place of tranquility, beauty and a powerful spiritual feeling. All people are welcome here to rest and to explore their inner selves. This oldest church in San Francisco is a must see for those interested in sacred places or St Francis or the California Missions. Also at this site is the 3/4 model of St... More 

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The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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