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Historical Old Church

I was touring around Chinatown and walked upto this old church. This was the first Catholic Church... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
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Historic church still catering to the local community

Our walking tour took us past Old St Mary's as a service was finishing, so we went in for a look... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
Kirsty C
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This downtown San Francisco landmark was the first Catholic church in California.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I was touring around Chinatown and walked upto this old church. This was the first Catholic Church in the Bay Area. Great old architecture for persons to see. It is a functioning church still.

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

Our walking tour took us past Old St Mary's as a service was finishing, so we went in for a look. We realised there was another service starting soon so sat down. One of the priests came over to explain that it was the Chinese/English...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this church while touring Chinatown. We were lucky enough to catch most of the noon mass. It was a nice quiet refuge amidst a busy day of playing tourist.

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Reviewed August 7, 2018

An historic church in the middle of Chinatown. Nice noble brick facade. Great that it is being preserved.

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Reviewed August 1, 2018

We chose this cathedral for our Sunday mass away from home and I am really glad we did. The parish is very welcoming and the church is really beautiful; it features stained glass windows, wooden pews and an incredible tabernacle and altar set up. The...More

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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Easy walk from the wharf. We happened upon this church by accident when we were leaving China Town. What we saw was the park to sit for a bit and get our bearings. Beautiful gem.

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Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Located in Chinatown, this church which survived the earthquake, has some very interesting photographic history inside. It’s worth a look, but combine with a trip to Chinatown.

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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Enjoy the beauty of this church while listening to a one hour concert each Tuesday at 12:35 to about 1:30. Great classic selections. Today was Mozart and Poulenc . Great places nearby for post concert luncheon.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Collection of Photos for understand the history of city and earhquacke and fire of 1800´s and 1900''s It is free.

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

I attended this FREE Noontime Concerts with friends on Tuesday early afternoon right after the noon mass at this beautiful old Catholic Church at the heart of San Francisco's China Town. On the corner of California St and Grant St. The cable car line is...More

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awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
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