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Old Cathedral of St. Mary

660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Historic, reverent and soothing. Located within Chinatown. Humbling place for refection and mass... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Greensboro, North Carolina
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First Cathedral in California

It was built in 1854 as the first Cathedral in California. Now, many tourists, visitors come to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tan Q
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This downtown San Francisco landmark was the first Catholic church in California.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
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660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Historic, reverent and soothing. Located within Chinatown. Humbling place for refection and mass when travel takes you nearby.

Thank Flyby0161
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was built in 1854 as the first Cathedral in California. Now, many tourists, visitors come to pray and vist, or just sit quietly resting from the busyness of the city.

Thank Tan Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful cathedral was one of the few buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake. Tour the church and learn about her amazing role in the history of this great city.

Thank Anne G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Whatever you faith or beliefs, this cathedral is worth a visit. The staff here are wonderful. The architecture alone is worth a long walk over on a nice day; there is parking available though. I enjoy visiting cathedrals, churches, temples and other historical and religious...More

Thank Michael_7X7
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting church that still needs some renovations. We visited to attend H Mass. community and priest very welcoming.

Thank C-Z-1982
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This church has a remarkable history . Having withstood 1906 earthquake & a fire. It stands right in middle of China town & I have walked past many times. This time I took the time to enter. Beautiful stained glass windows all around. You can...More

2  Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 5 March 2017

You wish these walls could talk. Simple, enveloping, non exaggerated architecture, economical and pragmatic when it was constructed, for the specific purpose for which it was built. ....I praise thee Lord.

Thank differentname
Reviewed 10 October 2016

What a beautiful and historical old building. The stained glass windows are beautiful. Unfortunately, lots of paint is peeling is some areas, plaster is falling in others. Nonetheless, if you are interested in historic buildings, this is definitely worth the visit.

Thank CLo976
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Two major calamities that this church have overcome. On April 18, 1906, a major earthquake struck SF. Many calamities but Old Saint Mary's survived and was intact. However, a fire broke out down below the hills at the pier area and the fire spread quickly...More

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Over 161 years ago, this cathedral stood as California's first cathedral. Lots of history within these walls, not to mention the spiritual ambiance that is palpable. it remains an active, working parish church serving the China Town neighborhood and beyond. All are welcome.

Thank beetcanner
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic
streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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