This impressive structure crowning Nob Hill was built on the site of the Crocker Mansion after the 1906 earthquake and fire. ... More
This impressive structure crowning Nob Hill was built on the site of the Crocker Mansion after the 1906 earthquake and fire. One of the main attractions of the catherdral are the stained glass windows. These windows showcase over 1,000 figures, with some of them dating back as far as the 1930s. The gilded bas-reliefs that adorn the doors of the main entrance are cast from Ghiberti's original molds for the Gates of Paradise that adorn the Baptistery in Florence. The cathedral also boasts two labyrinths. The outdoor one is made of Terrazzo stone and the indoor one from limestone.
One day while visiting San Francisco I had an entire day to myself to roam around. I was told by my friend to check out the gothic Grace Cathedral. I spent much longer there than I had anticipated. The stained glass was beautiful and I found myself taking the self-tour from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoying it. Very worthwhile.
It was a very pretty church, quite large, and fairly interesting. The two labrynths (one inside, and one outside) were interesting to watch people walking them. The "streamers" hanging down from the ceiling made for a pretty effect. The front doors had intricate "carvings" so to speak on it, but the most interesting thing that I personally found about the church was the ode to modern man in the stained glass up near the ceiling. There was one dedicated to Einstein, John Glenn, etc. You don't see that too often in a church. It was pretty cool. This church is definitely worth seeing if you have the time.
This cathedral is accoustically amazing. Vocal choirs lucky enough to perform here will be thrilled; the reverb is an amazing 7 seconds long. Our choir was allowed to sing a few songs here, after which several of us cried. The labyrinth is a great, calming experience, too. Lighting a candle seems easier here; there's no "Someone's watching me," feeling. A great spiritual haven away from the city bustle.
Grace Cathedral is San Francisco's spiritual crown jewel. Impressive both for it's size and faith. The Church's beautiful exterior and interior alone is worth the trip up Nob Hill. But the active congregation also welcomes people from all walks of life, and hosts relevant community events of all types, making a visit a must.
Coming from the UK, with our usually smaller buildings, the first impression of the Cathedral's immense size was immediately felt on approach by the steps and once inside. However, architecture apart, the Cathedral has also an ability to make it feel a personal space too and I could sense not only a warm welcome but a positive and uplifting atmosphere. This is obviously from the tangible effect of scale but also from the faith and strength of conviction given in the welcome to all.
This is a lovely inspirational place to visit. Even if you prefer not to attend services (though they are very open and inclusive), do come and contemplate the mural. Walking the labyrinth may make you self-conscious, but it is a wonderful meditative spot in the center of the bustling city.
I attended a Palm Sunday service here - very inspiring! I attend a small church in Ohio and so the religious experience here was so very different. BEAUTIFUL architecture. Also, the history provided in the lower level regarding the church, the city, and the San Francisco fire is very interesting.
You need not go to Europe to experience a stunning Cathedral. But if you are a musician attend an ORGAN Concert, most singers voices are impossible to rate here. But just to stroll while the Grand Organs peal their magic can offset and uplift your soul after your nites on the town!
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