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Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
(4.4/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
See a church famous for its mosaics, labyrinths, stained-glass windows, and both medieval and contemporary furnishings when you visit Grace Cathedral. As you approach the towering cathedral, be sure to walk the first labyrinth before making your way to the doors. Before you enter, note that the doors are a famed replica of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Once inside, you can walk the second labyrinth, or wander through the cathedral to admire the murals by De Rosen and the 66 stained-glass windows created by a variety of artists. If you time it right, you may be able to hear the 44-bell carillon, three organs, or one of the men's and boys' choirs. Stop by the shop for prayer books, music, and gifts, or grab a drink from the downstairs coffee shop. To take a tour, it's best to sign up in advance. Printed visitor guides are available in several languages. Make Grace Cathedral part of your personalized San Francisco itinerary using our San Francisco travel itinerary maker.
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  • Architecture of the building is worth hiking up the hill. Once inside take time to complete the walk on the floor. 
  • If you are in Nob Hill is a nice visit. It is worth to get to know the architecture, the beautiful stained glass Windows and for that prayer of thanks, and a foot rest after so much up and down hills.
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  • Grace Cathedral is better than most similar churchs in the U.S. but falls short of European likenesses. 
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  • Incredibly inclusive and welcoming cathedral right at the top of Nob Hill facing Huntington Park. I visited towards the end of Sunday evening mass and found it to be an incredibly reflective experience. The stained glass windows are varied and the atmosphere from the hymns being sung was a welcome breather from the outside world. Tip: you can download the Grace Guide app that you can listen to during your visit which provides an audio tour guide. I haven't tried it yet but plan to go back to do so.
  • It is understood that Freemasons have a historic interest in buildings constructed out of large blocks of stone. It is therefore appropriate that this beautiful church building is across the street from the Nob Hill Masonic Center. It is an amazing place to visit any time the cathedral is open. When I visited in October 2014, people were very friendly and I was allowed to self-tour without restraint. Well worth the price of admission (which was free). There is indeed a church that meets here. May be worth a visit.
  • Beautiful stained glass and paintings inside as well as really great message of inclusiveness and welcome. I also enjoy relaxing by walking around the labyrinth outside, though I rarely have the patience to do the whole thing.
  • So beautiful.. Share a picnic with your family with this view!
  • Beautiful cathedral with amazing stained glass. Labyrinths are both inside of the building and outside. A timeless, peaceful place in the heart of the city.