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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

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4.5/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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.The 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 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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  • 号称加州第二大教堂,特意去看的。在市中心非常显著的位置,可惜的是当时里面好像有活动,看上去是婚礼彩排。透过窗户看里面也很漂亮,金灿灿。 
  • Beautiful mission. Great for photography. Very historic. Great place to just sit quietly and contemplate life. 
  • Religion represents the culture of a people or region is for this reason that we should not set aside the visit to this Cathedral significantly representing customs and faith of a people is how we managed to find this church with details architectural and a spectacular Chapel. Definitely a place to visit
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  • It is truly an amazing place i saw this catheral three years ago and havn't stop speaking about it! Abd the gift shop is awesome.
  • I stumbled in here while exploring the area. They where having tours of the cathedral. I was paired with Mary who was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and excited to tell me about the history of the cathedral and artwork. A very beautiful place I'm glad to have found.
  • I believe that this Catholic.Outreach facility is the only homeless outreach facility left in San Jose. At least this is the word from people who are not suppose to say anything in San Jose (Our HOMELESS). I know of a few homes just around St. James Park that would be just fine for our homeless. I know when I was homeless. Anything that could make me feel covered, helped me feel secure. Even if it was a cardboard box, then I could sleep. Today, now that I can receive a decent place to live, I am able to have security. I am very grateful to the State of California. The state has provided me with
  • Because of Pete at the Cathedral's Social Ministry, I was able to receive mail, use the phone and have food to eat while I was homeless a few years ago. I enjoy the gift shop and noon Mass.
  • As a casual (and nonreligious) visitor, I found this a lovely and peaceful spot to visit. The inside is gloriously cool and serene, and the circular set-up is unusual and very pleasant to look at. The statues, artwork and dome are all worth a look, although I wish I had arrived at the right time for a tour - I'd love to know what a statue of St Patrick is doing being so prominent in a church in San Jose!
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