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“A solemn place to meditate and pray.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
408-283-8100
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Ranked #3 of 140 things to do in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
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“A solemn place to meditate and pray.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

The Church is a solemn place to meditate and pray. The surroundings and the church is very clean and quiet. I wish my parents could come to the US and visit this Church.

Visited May 2011
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Minneapolis, MN
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“Smallest "basilica" I've seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

I travel to too many places and this is the smallest "cathedral / basilica" I've seen. Nevertheless, it is magnificent and has all the architecture that we normally see in a larger size structure. I came in at 3:30PM and the place was very peaceful.

Visiting Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph after a long cross country flight is the best thing for me. The sanctuary is on the other side of the main entrance. Be sure to spend a few minutes in adoration while you're there ;)

Visited April 2012
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San Jose, CA
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

It is a lovely cathedral with incredible acoustics. There are free concerts at Christmas.

Visited December 2011
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California
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“Beautiful church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

My husband and I wanted to get married here because it's so beautiful and is a cathedral but parking is not ideal. Another thing is that the echo is too much that you can't really hear/understand the priest. Also, no kneelers! You will have to just stand when kneeling is called for. Other than those things, this church is gorgeous!

Visited May 2011
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“Beautiful landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

It's worth a trip to downtown San Jose to see this magnificent cathedral. Try to catch a concert during Christmas time if you can.

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