Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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My daughter and I were staying in the area and we were walking by and decided to stop by. It was just o.k. nothing grand just o.k.
This is a lovely, large cathedral on top of Nob Hill. It's worth a walk-by, even if you don't have time to go inside.
For the second or third largest Episcopal cathedt0ral in the US I was expecting something more imposing and grand. I was also disappointed that the cathedral appeared to be focusing more on raising mo... read more »
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.
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.
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.
got woken up for sleeping. enjoyed the knitting classes that they offer and was about to make a scarf for some other disadvantaged adults and I like the yoga classes that they have it makes me relax. enjoyed walking the labyrinth
The church is like an old European church, but much newer. It's free, but they would like you to make a donation of about 10$/person.
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