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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  • One of my favorite buildings in the city if not America. A place designed to lift ones spirit. The mobile suspended over the alter represents the smoke of prayer and incense ascending to God. The 4 dominant colors of stained glass, the 4 seasons. The vines of bronze on the doors draw profound meaning from the Gospels as well. Guide books available to explain more...truly a house of prayer for all people
  • 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.
  • You better watch out as you might get knocked down in there. The FDIC experience in California was horrific to me in 1999 and altered my life to the present. To be stunned and injected repeatedly and having died I revived and later after fdic termination used to hang out here in the area. I never went into the cathedral but realized something odd, the idea of being stunned unconscious. Now that my memory is back from a brain stroke coma I have not been paid. Is Willie C dead FDIC bank examiner? Joe bank examiner? The young woman who was st my boardroom table when I was proxy to the boss fdic Sacramento. My boss likely dead or a coward or now verbally gagged to my left Kenneth justice alleged. Exiled and injected repeatedly after fdic employment I wondered if life was real, my throat was even cut slightly cut and my loved ones endangered. One dr said I was an abortion survivor in 2005 after my mother died another said u had had a brain stroke. This life partial light I see in the dark and bring asphalt to dogs which bite Kurt Brown saintrambone
  • It's a very modern cathedral witch makes very different from de rest and it does not look like on either
  • This building has a beautiful baptisterium and a several colores vitrals.

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