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“Amazing and gorgeous church!” 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 77 attractions in San Jose
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
San Diego, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Amazing and gorgeous church!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Went to sunday and daily mass. Loved the church space! This church is totally impressive. Felt like I was sitting inside St Peter's.

Visited January 2013
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Saratoga, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Local tourist visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Surprised at such a beautiful cathedral right in our own city. Europe has competition! Parking was not a problem despite being right in the downtown area. There are other points of interest that can be walked to from the Cathedral.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“A befitting house for God!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

A wonderful church where you feel the presence of God! I was here on the 4th of November and that was the day the church was dedicated and the Priest was installed as the pastor.
I love the choir. I was warmly welcomed by the two gentlemen at the entrance to the church; one of them used to be a boxer/trainer. Will definitely visit again should I come to San Jose again!

Visited November 2012
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Bedfordshire, England
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“Cathedral is an overstatement”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

San Jose is one of the largest cities in the US, but its cathedral just match up to the city's stature.

It is a pretty building, but situated on a busy street, Market, at a busy crossroads, so not the greatest of locations. Unfortunately it also seems to be the San Jose centre for the homeless as there are always many hanging around, and in have walked past it dozens of times for some years. They even have a refreshments window to serve those less fortunate.

I am not making a point about the care they give to those in need, but it is a bizarre sight to see in a city as rich as San Jose on one of its major thoroughfares.

Visited December 2012
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Emeryville, California
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“Sunday Mass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Beautiful Cathedral! Sounds are wonderful, the altar is in the middle and the congregation are seating in a circle. Make sure you take a good look at the ceilings and walls. Nice heated baptismal font near the entrance

Visited December 2012
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