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“Exquisite architecture!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Memorial Church of Stanford University

The Memorial Church of Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Palo Alto
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
Portland, Oregon, USA
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“Exquisite architecture!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The Memorial Church of Stanford University is a very rich and beautiful piece of architecture. The mosaics alone are worth the visit!

Visited January 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“No candles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

the church is nice, but it's often very busy and noisy. and there are no candles, which for europeans is very unusual.
Also, the quad in front of it is often used for parties, which looks a bit weird, and out of place.

Visited September 2012
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“Fantastic acoustics!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Beautiful,stained-glass windows ,stone, all around-and a great place to have a vocal concert--the sound goes on and on...

Visited July 2012
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“Sermons for the intellectually curious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

If you're looking for a place to worship that honors reason as well as faith, consider this church, a place of intellectual inquiry as befits a world class university. At Sunday services that start at 10 a.m., you might hear sermons from the team of three pastors (including a woman rabbi!!) or a visiting cleric from anywhere in the world. Gorgeous music from a powerful organ, a full-throated choir, and an interior that glitters with golden mosaic. I recommend it for worship.
Tourists will also thrill to the interior, a recreation of a Spanish Romanesque church.

Visited April 2012
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“Gorgeous Mosaics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

The mosaics and stained glass windows are stunning. The exterior mosaic is a lovely part of Stanford University's impressive main quad, but don't miss stepping inside to view additional mosaics and the stained glass windows that are true works of art. There's a helpful pamphlet for a self-guided tour if your visit doesn't jive with the free docent-led tours. The Last Supper mosaic behind the center altar has several unusual features.

Visited February 2012
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