St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, also known locally as Saint Mary's Cathedral, is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. It is the mother church of the Catholic faithful in the California counties of Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo and is the metropolitan cathedral for the Ecclesiastical province of San Francisco. The rector of the cathedral is Msgr. John Talesfore.The cathedral is located in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The present cathedral replaced one (1891-1962) of the same name. The original Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1853-1854 and still stands today. It is now known as Old Saint Mary's Church.Second cathedralIn 1883, Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan purchased the northwest corner of Van Ness Avenue and O'Farrell Street in Western Addition. Riordan broke ground in December 1885. On May 1, 1887 the archbishop placed the cornerstone. Archbishop Riordan dedicated the edifice to Saint Mary of the Assumption on January 11, 1891. The second cathedral served the Archdiocese of San Francisco for seventy-one years. During the episcopal terms of archbishops Riordan, Edward J. Hanna and John J. Mitty. Papal Secretary of State Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, (future Pope Pius XII) said Mass at the high altar in October 1936. On April 3, 1962, Joseph T. McGucken was installed as the fifth Archbishop of San Francisco in the cathedral on Van Ness Avenue. Five months later the landmark was destroyed by arson on the night of September 7, 1962.
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  • The structure inside really worth the view. The orge is stunning and this art stuff in the center is great!  more »
  • Is very characteristic of the Roman Catholic Church, there are no ornate moldings, Interior or mural decoration, but simple appearance gives a fresh feeling, interior glass flowers designed in the shape of the cross is also very creative
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  • Visited several European countries Visby in the Church of St Mary's Cathedral is the kind of guy you can't forget! Very special architecture in the middle ages, is not seen in other European countries.
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  • Beautiful sculptures around the church and modern stained glass windows. Very modern architecture. They offer free docent tours when there isn't a prayer service scheduled.
  • The cathedral of Saint Mary of the assumption by Pierluigi Nervi, italian engineer in 1967, with Pietro Belluschi. The cathedral has become a landmark in the cityscape offline SanFrancisco. The cathedral measure 255 Square feet and is crowned with a 55 football tall Golden cross as its Apex. Its saddle roof is composed of eight segments of hyperbolic paraboloids. The space inside the saddle roof is Amazing, maybe the mostra beautiful modern church.
  • The least welcoming Catholic church in town. And so conservative. Great architecture, views, and music though.
  • Not a pretty church, but it’s the seat of Archbishop Cordileone who has been a good archbishop.
  • Don't be put off by the outside of the cathedral. It may seem odd to some, but it's worth going inside. The play of colours is stunning and can only be really experienced in person. Even if you don't have a lot of time, spend 5 minutes inside to bathe in the colours and atmosphere they create.
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