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“History Meets Function” 3 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 65 Attractions in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
San Jose
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“History Meets Function”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This place used to be a step back in history. As a youth I was an altar boy here. Little of that is left. While it is much brighter than it used to be, it feels more like an auditorium that a sacred place. The tabernacle is tucked behind a wall behind the bishop's throne. The docents are strict and not very user friendly. When I take my students here, I usually do the tour myself to avoid trouble. If you don't know the remarkable history of the building, then a tour might be worth it. The organ is awesome but sadly gets little use.

Visited December 2014
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San Jose, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Historic Building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This church is one of the first Basilica's in the area. Such beauty inside. You don't have to be religious to appreciate the church.

Visited June 2014
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San Diego, California
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Basilica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you are near this church, you must go and experience the serenity it gives you. I've been twice to mass here and I loved every minute. It is the prettiest church I've ever been in. They have a very nice statue of St. Michael as well.

Visited February 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Stunning ~ You'll think your in Europe ~ Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This Basilica is located in a remarkable location in downtown San Jose, CA. I was moved by it's stunning architecture and service on an Ash Wednesday. I was in San Jose on business and when enterd St. Joseph's Cathedral - I thought I was in europe.

This is a must see - the architecture is simply amazing!

Visited March 2014
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Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States
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“What a great mass!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I came here and really enjoyed the visit and the mass. I came during lent and the processional music was beautiful.

Visited April 2014
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