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“Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Ranked #5 of 125 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
Palm Harbor, Florida
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

If I remember correctly, this was originally built in 1777. Obviously remodeled and kept in fabulous condition. It's absolutely beautiful. I happened to visit duing a mass celebrating wedding anniversaries so the place was packed. Nice little gift shop next door. The public parking nearby is $10 if you park longer than 15 minutes.

Visited February 2013
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Milpitas, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

It was amazing and so spiritual. I loved the architecture and the clergy so peaceful and loving . I will never forget the time I spent there with my family

Visited January 2013
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San Diego, CA
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“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
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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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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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