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“Beautiful!” 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 22 Attractions in Palo Alto
Type: Religious Sites
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Owner description: This Romanesque church sits in the most historic section of campus, the main quadrangle.
New York City, New York
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I wandered around the Stanford campus while visiting my friend in Palo Alto. I love a good church and knew I had to step inside of this one. It was one of the most ornately decorated churches I've seen in the U.S. The mosaics were to die for, especially when the sunlight hit them and the gold seemed to light up. It's definitely a must-see while you're in the area.

Visited January 2013
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Catch a music recital if you're in the area. Wonderful acoustics. Beautiful stained glass windows. The organ is out of this world.

Visited December 2012
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Los Altos, California
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“Think of yourself on the Amalfi Coast...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The mosaic splendors of this church are amazing especially when you consider when it was built and the organ is huge and special. Do not miss an opportunity to take the docent tours if available to appreciate the workmanship of this memorial church....

Visited December 2012
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Sunnyvale, California
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“Crown Jewel of the Sandstone Old Quad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Given all the modern Department and Graduate School structures erected since and the heights reached by Stanford, it is astonishing that it dates only from 1895 in memory of the oldest son of Governor and Mrs. Leland Stanford and this sandstone quadrangle is the original building. Memorial Church is the decorative crown to the secular functional classes and offices of the quad. The church harks back to earlier European models with stained glass, high decorated wood beamed ceilings and gilded, almost Byzantine, decoration everywhere. It is accurately prophetic of the world class peaks aspired when the Stanfords donated their "Farm" I was a grad student at Stanford in the late '60's and early '70's, never visited "Mem Chu" for religious worship but could always appreciate what the founders tried to say by building it.

Visited November 2012
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Lompoc, California
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“Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We attended mass on Sunday afternoon and then returned the next day so see stained glass during the day. Spectacular church steeped in history. Incredible organ, wood, and stained glass. A must see if you're in Palo Alto as is the campus in general.

Visited November 2012
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