Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
4.5
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Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
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mini
Fremont, CA109,942 contributions
Nice Trip to See Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Jun 2020
We went to see this beautiful Cathedral, which is in the downtown are of San Jose. The columns in front are nice. There are stairs to get into the cathedral. This is an active congregation in downtown San Jose.
Written June 9, 2020
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Andrew A
San Jose, CA11 contributions
Not big but beautiful
Aug 2019
This basilica is much more beautiful inside than its external look. It is not a place that you would not expect in the heart of Silicon Valley and a city downtown (i.e. San Jose) relatively non-cultural. Going in for a visit, a quiet time, a prayer, in the middle of a day is comfy, relieving & refreshing.
Written March 5, 2020
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Pablo
San Jose, CA5 contributions
Must see for first time visitors to San Jose, CA
Dec 2019 • Family
Gorgeous building with lots of stained glass. Great location in the down town area near the park and lots of restaurants. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this historical site!
Written February 11, 2020
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Roberta G
San Jose, CA3 contributions
Beautiful Cathedral
Jan 2020
Gorgeous cathedral. Great gift shop. Was going to stop here, but they want 100 characters. Familiar with their politics as to some of our less fortunate populations, hence the reduced stars.
Written February 11, 2020
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vivaeldori
3 contributions
The priest is very friendly
Aug 2019
I forgot the name of the priest but he was very friendly. My family likes to go to churches like Basilicas and Missions. The thing I love most in this church is the dome inside when you look up. It is absolutely beautiful. The priest asked us, you dont seemed like a regular here, is this your first time here? Incredible how a priest can remember faces out of thousands of churchgoers. After the mass, street vendors are so cool, you will find food carts and just walking distance is fabulous places and landmarks at downtown San Jose.
Written February 11, 2020
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Ann H
Thousand Oaks, CA48 contributions
A Beautiful Cathedral - Worth a Visit
Oct 2019
The Cathedral Basilica is a beautiful, inspiring, smaller cathedral in the heart of downtown San Jose. Nearby is a gift shop. The cathedral offers regular services attended by entire families. All are welcome.
Written February 5, 2020
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williamNola
nola258 contributions
frankly disappointing
Jan 2020
the church's exterior is special and unique. the inside, however, is no better than a hundred other churches I've been in. I really wanted ( and expected ) it to be better having seen so many good reviews. maybe the reviewers just haven't seen that many churches. the windows are nice but not special. the assorted statuary are nice but not special. and it's actually kind of small. the Spanish 5:30 mass was quite spiritual. I appreciated it very much. but unless you're going to mass, the outside of the church is all you need to see.
Written February 1, 2020
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Maureen5885
San Jose, CA8 contributions
Magnificent
Dec 2019 • Friends
Many years ago I attended a lovely wedding at this basilica. I also was at a Chanticleer concert here.
Recently, before Christmas I stopped in on a lark while downtown. My friends and I were able to catch a beautiful musical rehearsal of all string instruments. It was so beautiful and the sound in this beautiful church was wonderful.
The artistry is fabulous. Stop in and enjoy a moment of beauty and contemplation.
Written January 7, 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA109,942 contributions
Christmas Programs at Historic Cathedral Basiica of St. Joseph, San Jose
Dec 2019
We visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose, when it was open on a Wednesday from 1-3. This is an impressive cathedral in the downtown San Jose area. It is an active congregation with regular church services. During the Christmas sason, they also have special nightly music.
Written December 13, 2019
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ms01262013
San Jose, CA14 contributions
Magnificent structure!
Dec 2018 • Solo
A must see in San Jose.
A special place of worship for the community. A lovely wedding venue. A magnificent church!
Written November 6, 2019
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