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Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral
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Type of Attraction
Religious, Buildings & Monuments
Neighborhood
Downtown
Interests That Apply
History, Architecture, Religion, Art, Local Culture
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
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Grace Cathedral

Church on a Hill


Off The Beaten Path Must See

Address: Phone:
1100 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 415 749 6300
Fax: +1 415 749 6301

Description

From the top of Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral looks over the city in its majestic size and architecture. After the 1906 earthquake and fire that devastated parts of the city, the Grace Cathedral sprung from the ashes of the ruined Crocker Mansion. The family offered the spot to the church, and in 1928, construction began on a large, French-Gothic-styled cathedral. The building is reminiscent of Notre Dame of Paris or Notre Dame de Chartres, featuring twin towers on the front facade and central vibrant blue, yellow, and red stain glass window over the door. With a touch of local flavor, there are also great frescoes on the inside that depict the history of San Francisco and its patron saint, St. Francis of Asissi. Some of the other well-admired ornamental aspects of the church include the Ghiberti Doors, also known as the "The Gates of Paradise," and the two labyrinths, which decorate the exterior and interior spaces. The church evokes a classic medieval feeling, particularly from within the stone walls.






Times & Dates

Open Hours: 7am-6pm Sun-Fri, 8am-6pm Sat
Notes: Service times vary. Call or see website for special events and worship times.
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free

Exposure

Indoor with no climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers

Transportation

Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 1; California Street Cable Car
Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Notes: The MUNI 1 California goes right by the Cathedral. It's a climb!
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $5-$10
Parking Safety: Safe
Notes: There is a parking garage on the Cathedral property that has hourly and flat rates. Daytime street parking is limited to two hours, except on Sundays. For more parking information, visit the parking and directions section of the Cathedral website.


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