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May 18th, 2022

Grace Cathedral

Art & Culture

Grace Cathedral is one of the crown jewels of San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood and one of Stanford Court's top recommendations for must-see San Francisco attractions. The original church was lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The parish was located in a temporary building from 1907 until 1934 while funds were raised and construction was able to commence. Construction of the cathedral started in 1927 and was fully completed in 1964, though it has been in use since 1934.

The exterior architecture of Grace Cathedral is French Gothic inspired by French cathedrals. The interior is a feast for the senses with incredible art, a labyringth on the floor based on the medieval labyrinth of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, stained glass windows which depict over 1,100 figures, and the "Ghiberti doors" - reproductions of the doors of the Florence Baptistery dubbed the "Gates of Paradise".

Besides the amazing architecture and art, what else makes Grace Cathedral so incredible? In our opinion what makes Grace Cathedral so spectacular is that it offers so much in addition to worship including: Tuesday night yoga, live musical performances, the Choir of Men and Boys, self-guided and docent-led tours, and two labyringhts to navigate.

1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Two blocks from the Stanford Court on the opposite side of the street just past Huntington Park.

The cathedral is open to sightseeing visitors Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

Grace Cathedral offers a self-guided tour with 12 stops which can be walked at your own pace and enjoyed in any order or you can join a one-hour docent tour.

General Admission - $12
Seniors 65+ - $10
Youth and Young Adults 12-22: $10
Children 11 and Under: FREE

Docent Tours - $20
Seniors 65+ - $18
Youth and Young Adults 12-22: $18
Children 11 and Under: FREE


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