St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco

St. Mary's Cathedral
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This modern cathedral is an interesting mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
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Neighbourhood: Fillmore District
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KKD SFO
San Francisco, CA546 contributions
Look for a Red jacket Docnet for a tour..
Aug. 2020
Perhaps San Francisco's best loved cathedral. The uniquely stunning architecture has been controversial since it opened in the 1960's
Site of many major specail events and important funerals: VIPs, Gov officials, policemen and firemen. Always beautifully orchestrated.
While Bishops and priests come and go - the staff at St Marys is professional and stellar. They are so helpful and dedicated. Baptisms, weddings, funerals, classes, Seek out Beautiful Sunday mass, and holiday celebrations - have been handled for over 20 yrs by dedicated, kind employees. The Archbishop is highly controversial.
Written 16 December 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA114,744 contributions
Visit to St Mary's Cahedral - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 2020
We returned to St. Mary's Cathedral. Its a place of worship. Both outside and inside, its an architectural wonder. Its very modern and beautiful to visit even if not attending services there.
Written 9 February 2020
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Chris F
San Francisco, CA1,915 contributions
Beautiful Modern Interior
Jul. 2019
I'm not a member of this church but my daughter went to high school at Sacred Heart located on the block which holds their graduation service here. I had driven by the place daily for many years until finally going inside for the graduation. It's quite modern on the inside but very nice.
Written 11 October 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Quite Stunning
Oct. 2019 • Solo
What a huge cathedral thus is! Outside and including the grounds it takes up an incredible amount of space- especially for San Francisco. It’s beautiful inside with ornate carvings. Stained Glass, a huge worship space and an added attraction- a vast view of the city and hills to the southwest. I recommend at least stopping here for a short visit, or by all means go to a worship service which I imagine would be marvelous.
Written 11 October 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, California10,559 contributions
Our Lady of Maytag
Aug. 2019
We all think this big cathedral looks like the inside of an old Maytag washing machine. It is not elegant. It's big and serves a lot of church members. I won't go there.
Written 10 October 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,922 contributions
Ultra modern design
Aug. 2019 • Business
A very unique Roman Catholic church. Little in the way of s traditional it gothic look. Large, beautiful sainted glass windows. Massive organ, with four rows of keys, which only an expert could play. The cathedral design appears to have been well thought out and planned.
Written 15 September 2019
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Rschagrin
Delray Beach, FL10,454 contributions
Historic
Aug. 2019
California's first building built expressly to be a cathedral in 1854. It was gutted by 2 major fires, one being the 1906 earthquake.

Look at the clock tower on top of the church.
Written 3 September 2019
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ngsab
San Francisco, CA66 contributions
Interesting Architecture
Aug. 2018 • Friends
interesting exterior, and often not what you expect from a cathedral, but step inside. The interior is built such that it forms a cross and beautiful views
Written 2 July 2019
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC21,988 contributions
Ultra Modern
Mar. 2019 • Solo
As with most of the other reviews, I found this church extremely modern and a tad stark on the inside. I missed the warmth you get from some of the older Catholic Churches. The building is stunning with stained glass and modern icons throughout. It is definitely worth a peak if you are in the area.
Written 13 March 2019
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Nick and Angel S
Milton Keynes, UK5,357 contributions
Amazing Modernist Cathedral
Sep. 2018 • Couples
Some love the visual appearance of this Cathedral, but others hate it! (We love it!) The public appreciation of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption has evolved since its completion in 1971! Originally seen as a bit of an abomination the church was named in the top ten most beautiful churches in the US in 2017. We particularly love the stunning stained glass, the use of concrete and the amazing form of the saddle roof composed from hyperbolic paraboloids!
Written 16 February 2019
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