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The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

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Address: 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: (415) 986-4557

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Loving the story of Saint Francis of Assisi and what he stood for, made this visit even more memorable. One of the greatest experiences is to visit the replica of the chapel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 24, 2015
Dallas, Texas, United States
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Loving the story of Saint Francis of Assisi and what he stood for, made this visit even more memorable. One of the greatest experiences is to visit the replica of the chapel which is next door. I spoke to one of the Franciscan Monks for over half an hour. Truly an experience I will not forget. The gift shop is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful building, which provides sanctuary from the city outside. Worth visiting if you are in this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

You really need to take the time to walk through the church . It is so beautiful. I love the paintings on the ceilings. You will be awe struck when you look down the pews to the front. Words can not describe the beauty and peace.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Stop in - to see this grand church. No longer a parish and supported only through donations. Feels spiritual and will touch your heart.

Poulsbo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had the great joy of visiting the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi and discovering the beautiful replica of St. Francis' Chapel in Assisi. This treasure is a place of prayer and recollection, but also a visual splendor of Frescoes, tile work, stonework and atmosphere so like Italy, you would think you were transported. The attendants to the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It was on a food walking tour that we were shown the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. We were privileged to be welcomed by a church greeter and invited to tour the shrine and enjoy. La Nuova Porziuncola is a scaled replica of Saint Francis's Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy, and we were delighted to say that it brought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

While the church itself is closed for renovations, the 75% scale model of St Francis' church in Assisi is holy and wonderful. A nice place to light a candle and offer a prayer before the blessed sacrament. Daily mass at 12:30, Sunday at 11. Free, but seek donations for upkeep of the national shrine. Cool gift shop right around the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Cathedral is temporarily closed for renovation; rumor is that it will open in September 2014. The adjacent chapel is open. The adjacent chapel, La Porziuncola Nuova, is a scaled replica of Saint Francis's Porziuncola in Assisi, Italy. It was dedicated in San Francisco on September 27, 2008 by Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is definitely a visit for pilgrims. There was a special service when we visited, so we were given the opportunity to see the Shrine and Church in the early evening.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stopped by this church while strolling along in North beach. We also visited the gift shop. This church is just exquisite. Take time to stop by this gorgeous church and it's history. As you enter the church you are on a marble floor from Assisi. There is an exact replica of the original Porziuncola Nuova in Assisi Italy. All... More 

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The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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