Despite the popular misconception, Joe DiMaggio did not marry Marilyn Monroe in this opulent church (that was at City Hall). ... More
Saints Peter and Paul Church
Despite the popular misconception, Joe DiMaggio did not marry Marilyn Monroe in this opulent church (that was at City Hall). He did, however, marry his first wife, starlet Dorothy Arnold, here and it was this church that celebrated his funeral mass. Dating only from 1922, this Roman Catholic church is awash in marble, gilding and ornately carved wood, starting with the life-size marble angel at the entrance. Inside the hushed sanctuary, redolent with the aroma of burning candles, is an elaborately carved and painted ceiling glinting with gold leafs. Pendant chandeliers in aged brass and frosted glass hang from the arches of the colonnade on either side of the nave. The altar is an explosion of marble carved with the titular saints of the church, plus cherubs. Statues and shrines, including one to Our Lady of Lourdes that features a faux grotto, line the walls and the elaborate chapels. St. Peter and Paul Church is located near Washington Square, which is an outdoor meeting hall and social center.
This is a gorgeous, spiritual, and traditional Catholic church in the middle of a city which is not exactly known for Christian orthodoxy. If you're a big fan of clown masses and liturgical dance, then you probably won't like this parish. But, if you prefer a church that puts the focus on the Divine rather than the human, then this is THE church to attend when in the Bay area.
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