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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.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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  • This is a beautiful church both inside and out in the middle of downtown San Jose. Well worth the visit and it has a nice gift shop next door. 
  • I love this church, but it does not have the warmth I remember. More gorgeous than ever. Statues and windows have been cleaned and renovated. It seems to be missing the vibrant interaction I have expe...  more »
  • I'm not a Catholic but there's true beauty in this Cathedral. Every December, they hold a special music program over 12 days with local musicians including clubs and school ensembles. Very worthwhile....  more »
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  • Beautiful cathedral. It has the artistic appointments that you would typically expect to see, but the circular setup and central altar and absolutely beautiful and unusual. Vendors right outside the front doors provide a quick bite on your way out after Sunday Mass. Wonderful priest who was extremely warm and inviting to all visitors and parishioners. A must see.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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.