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Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

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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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  • We couldn't get on the day we visited, but my husband and I love the photos taken in front of the Church. beautiful. There's a park right in front for a relaxing walk in the evening. Just get ready to steer clear of the cliques of smokers of "strange things".
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  • Worth a stop. Spectacular stained glass and stunning architecture. Be sure to check out the brass doors on front of cathedral  more »
  • We arrived on foot from Montgomery BART station - its a long steep climb - you could get a cable car most of the way. The Cathedral inside is stunning. There is a lot of stain glass including a new in...  more »
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  • Staind Glass windows tell visitors stories. Hand-carved, double doors rise twice the height of an man who may stand before them. Bells toll the different hours. The artistic masonry stands legend of triumphant pioneers of their skill and dedication to God and Earth. There is a courtyard for open serenity with a pool of colored lighting.
  • Incredibly magical place! Beautiful architecture, and they hold fantastic events and performances. Truly on the forefront of SF community connectivity
  • This cathedral is stunning! There is a vibrant energy inside, gorgeous stained glasses that color the floor, there was an organ player that filled the room with an intense calming music. The architecture is really gorgeous, there was a big labyrinth for prayer. If you are in San Francisco make sure don't miss it.
  • This stunning cathedral is incredibly similar to Notre Dame in Paris. Its amazing to be able to see such feats of architecture right here in our own backyard. The draw to Grace Cathedral for me where the two labyrinths for prayer and meditation. The inside one is available anytime the church is open & twice a month they do candlelight yoga on it, the outdoor one is available anytime. Grace Cathedral sits right on top of Nob Hill and is a wonderful sanctuary of peace in a hectic city.
  • Really cool place to visit. Would recommend if you are in the area.

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