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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco

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Contact: +1 415 567 2020
Open Hours: Tours: M-Sa 9a-noo, Su after the 11a mass; Mass times vary
The interior of this ultra-modern Catholic church is sleek, spare and remarkably intimate, considering that it seats 2,400 people in a semi-circle around the altar. The central dome of Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption soars 15 stories into the air and is supported by buttresses that have been incorporated into each of the four corners of the building's interior. The corner walls beyond them are floor-to-ceiling plate glass. This effect gives the building the feeling of somehow being lighter than air for all its masses.