Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is a large Roman Catholic church located in Downtown San Jose. The minor basilica is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California. The basilica is named for Saint Joseph, patron saint of the universal church.HistoryThe original St. Joseph's Church was called San Jose de Guadalupe built on the site of the current basilica in 1803, and was the first non-mission parish built in California for the benefit of Spanish settlers instead of the Mission Indians (Ohlone). The Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was connected with Mission Santa Clara by The Alameda which was part of the historic El Camino Real.The original adobe structure was damaged by earthquakes in 1818 and 1822, and a new adobe church was built from 1835 to 1846. The second church was severely damaged by the 1868 Hayward earthquake, and work on the third church began in 1869. The third church was destroyed by fire in 1875, and a temporary fourth church was built a few blocks away while the fifth and current church was being constructed. The fifth church was dedicated by Joseph Alemany, Archbishop of San Francisco, in 1877 while construction continued. The current portico was completed in 1884, and the large dome was finished in 1885.
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  • Not to compare, but comparing, I entered the Cathedral and beautiful churches that ssas has remembered in Europe!
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  • Great old church with a great history adjacent to the money part of town. Wonder what God thinks about that?  more »
  • Attend mass, walk around, show up during afternoon hours when docents are available to talk about the place... just go in, whatever your inclinations! Very enjoyable place to visit.  more »
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  • As a non-catholic tourist, it was alright. The art and architecture was pretty interesting. The garden in the back is very tiny.
  • This is one of my favorite cathedrals in the US. It is visually stunning. The guy that works in the gift shop is very helpful and they have a lot of religious items available, in both English and Spanish.
  • The inside and outside was majestical. There is peace everywhere.
  • This Cathedral which is now a Basilica is beautiful. Pride of San Jose. Our soup kitchen provides their Social Ministry sandwiches and bakery products to hand to the homeless. Once a year, to honor St. Joseph they open their doors to all for a free hot lunch donated by local restaurants.
  • I was ashamed of the so called "Rite of Election" performed in 2017. None of the music was Catholic. Just watered-down Protestant pop, complete with tambourines and clapping by the rhythmically disadvantaged congregation. Francis Cilia also inserted negative commentary in regards to President Trump in his homily. Worse, is that Cilia allowed people participating in the rite to dance in the center of the church holding the books with initiates names in them. It saddened me to see such disrespect in the house of God by both Vicar General and those in attendance. A moment that should have been sober and reflective for a convert on the road to Damascus was trivialized and made meaningless. I pray for those initiates who were cheated out of an opportunity to truly connect with Christ and grow in appreciation of the One True Faith.
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