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Grace Cathedral
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Owner description: Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journeys. The cathedral itself, a renowned San Francisco landmark, serves as a magnet, where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.Famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world, the cathedral is known for its striking architecture, stained glass, singular collection of art, and Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel.
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Lovely escape from busy city.went here on last morning in San Francisco before breakfast and picking up rental.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

If your time is limited in San Francisco I only recommend this if you really like goth cathedrals. It's similar to many of the cathedrals in Europe, but they're not very common in the U.S. so it's worth a visit. I love the whole idea of walking the huge Labyrinth, and they have special candlelit walks with music, usually the second Friday of the month. Yoga on the indoor labyrinth occurs each Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

What an absolutley gorgerous church. Stain glass is amazing. Make sure you look for the window with neil arm strong. I can't remember the meaning but it is stunning. I would have loved to attend a church service here.

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

grace cathedral is both an edifice and the congregation who inhabits it. the home congregation is large and varied in ethnology, intellect, spirituality, et al. as with many episcopal churches, they don't give out many answers, but they're very good at the questions. the visiting congregation come from all over the world, be they spiritual seekers or sight seers, and they are greeted by the nave receptionists and nave ministers, each and all. look for excellent preaching, reverent liturgy, and everything the mighty organ and choir and echoes can bring.

silence echoes in the very live acoustic, which also makes concerts wonderful. the oldest stained glass isn't much more than a century old, and the newer windows celebrate the jewish theologian Karl Rahner and the first man on the moon. the window light dances on the limestone floor to the music of the murmuring silence. the league of nations was founded here. the first national church sponsored conference on AIDS occurred here.
what you find here is church in its fullest meaning, and a cathedral that is not aging but continuing to grow as it has done from the beginning.

one last thought: when i visited ten or fifteen years ago, they had a little sign saying it cost $100/day to keep the cathedral at 60 degrees. of course donations are appreciated, and i make bold to apologize for the episcopal church, they are suggested. but is it so unreasonable to accept help with a heating bill that is surely much higher today than it was then? and, forget heating bills - a gift to the glory of god and the help of those in need is even more reasonable. the cathedral is a place, but more so is it a people doing the work of god. why should we the visiting congregation not participate in the ministry of the home congregation by making a donation? of course, visiting is free. and, so is giving.

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was one of the most serene and calming cathedrals I have ever visited. I went to a Sunday service at 8.30am It was tranquil, meaningful and uplifting. Its atmosphere was beautiful and I am glad that I made the effort to attend the service when I was in the city.

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