Church on a Hill
1100 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 415 749 6300
Fax: +1 415 749 6301
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.
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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