Old Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco

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  • July 24, 2017
    Historic, reverent and soothing. Located within Chinatown. Humbling place for refection and mass when travel takes you nearby.  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    It was built in 1854 as the first Cathedral in California. Now, many tourists, visitors come to pray and vist, or just sit quietly resting from the busyness of the city.  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This beautiful cathedral was one of the few buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake. Tour the church and learn about her amazing role in the history of this great city.  more »
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  • January 31, 2017
    I visited from Corpus Christi Texas. What a beautiful, diverse parish. My heart was enlightened by the message given, "Let go and LET GOD." How appropriate. The beautiful lady on the piano was remarkable, not to mention the choir! Being g a devout Catholic I was able to follow along without any hesitation. Fellow parishioners were warm and welcoming. Thank you for welcoming me. God continued blessings 📿
  • December 21, 2016
    My grandparents were married there in the early 1900s. It's an awsome church.
  • January 12, 2016
    Nice shop with my different crosses for your preference. The gift shop saved my bladder (for free) so many times over the years, I couldn't thank them enough. Dunno if it's still true,but I hope it is. There's a reason I always tell people when you have to go to the bathroom, Jesus saves in Chinatown. (please some make that a title of a movie) Beautiful church,family loved to attend when they were in town. I recommend it.
  • January 4, 2016
    Lovely building in the middle of Chinatown! I was amazed with its architecture as I was with its history. It's so interesting how buildings can also be witness of what a city has been through. It used to be the tallest building in the city and survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, only to be gutted a day later by the fires started by the earthquake. The fires were so hot that they melted the church bells and marble altar! It served as a shelter during the WWII, so it's really amazing what these walls could say if they were able to speak!
  • January 22, 2016
    I attended Old Saint Mary's for the many years I lived in the city. It is indeed an old and beautiful church, very popular for weddings. More importantly, it has wonderful priests, good sermons, and a vibrant community. Even though my family now lives in Silicon Valley, we still attend mass from time to time, and my children have all been baptized there.

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