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“Very California Style” 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.
Succasunna, New Jersey
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321 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Very California Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Attended a weeding here. The church is very nice. Large but not real big. This is not a tourist destination. No airconditioning

Visited July 2014
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Wayne, New Jersey
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“peace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

i liked the building and the simplicity of the church design inside. i was wondering why there were no kneeling pads.?.

Visited June 2014
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San Jose CA
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Gorgeous Basilica inside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This cathedral is a gem in downtown San Jose. It is possible to sit and move around the Basilica for moments at a time to take in each angle and every painted area and ceiling. As beautiful and majestic as European churches. It is outstanding. It is sometimes not convenient to park in the area and be prepared for metered parking or paid parking in a nearby garage. Depending on the day, there may be homeless congregating nearby but don't let that stop you from visiting this lovely church.

Visited April 2014
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Victoria, Texas
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287 reviews
90 attraction reviews
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“A feeling of Peace....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited early one morning at 9:30. We parked the block over but it's $1.00 every 15 minutes with a $20.00 maximum. We walked in and there was a feeling of peace. It was simply breathtaking. We stood there for the longest time in a daze at the beauty. There are no words that can describe this Cathedral's stained glass, ceilings and displays. We walked slowly around and sat for 15 minutes just trying to take in all the beauty. There were 2 tour groups going on at the time. As we exited there was 2 boxes. One for the cathedral's maintenance and one for the poor. Please give to one or the other. Then as we walked out it was time I am guessing for the poor to get something but don't know what it was. It was from the building next door. As you walk out the front door to the right there is gift shop. They opened at 10:00am and we had an apptmt at 11:00am so had to head out. I could have spent an hour there easy just sitting in meditation and prayer. We only paid $2. but there were other places to park. We were just in a hurry.

There was also a museum next door that we were going to come back and visit but didn't make it back. :( Boohoo.......so save some time for that also however don't know anything about it.

Visited June 2014
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Delta, Canada
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“Beautiful artwork”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This church compares to some of the beautiful churches of Europe. The frescos, the fabulous stained glass, especially the huge window over the alter. Very impressive. Allow at least an hour to fully appreciate all the beauty here. Please be respectful of the fact that this is a holy place for many people.

Visited March 2014
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