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Old Cathedral of St. Mary

660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Located in Chinatown

Located in Chinatown, this church which survived the earthquake, has some very interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SagaloutsTour
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UK
via mobile
Every Tuesday Free Classical Concerts

Enjoy the beauty of this church while listening to a one hour concert each Tuesday at 12:35 to... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2018
Robert G
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San Francisco, California
via mobile
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This downtown San Francisco landmark was the first Catholic church in California.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good40%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“earthquake” (10 reviews)
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660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
Chinatown
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+1 415-986-4388
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in Chinatown, this church which survived the earthquake, has some very interesting photographic history inside. It’s worth a look, but combine with a trip to Chinatown.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Enjoy the beauty of this church while listening to a one hour concert each Tuesday at 12:35 to about 1:30. Great classic selections. Today was Mozart and Poulenc . Great places nearby for post concert luncheon.

Thank Robert G
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Collection of Photos for understand the history of city and earhquacke and fire of 1800´s and 1900''s It is free.

Thank RodrigoGonzalez
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

I attended this FREE Noontime Concerts with friends on Tuesday early afternoon right after the noon mass at this beautiful old Catholic Church at the heart of San Francisco's China Town. On the corner of California St and Grant St. The cable car line is...More

Thank LiveItWell
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Whenever I'm in Chinatown, I always stop in the light a candle. Only the front and two sides survived the 1906 earthquake and fire. It has been beautifully restored and maintained over the years.

Thank Carol C
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Historic, reverent and soothing. Located within Chinatown. Humbling place for refection and mass when travel takes you nearby.

Thank Flyby0161
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

It was built in 1854 as the first Cathedral in California. Now, many tourists, visitors come to pray and vist, or just sit quietly resting from the busyness of the city.

Thank Tan Q
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This beautiful cathedral was one of the few buildings to survive the 1906 earthquake. Tour the church and learn about her amazing role in the history of this great city.

Thank Anne G
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Whatever you faith or beliefs, this cathedral is worth a visit. The staff here are wonderful. The architecture alone is worth a long walk over on a nice day; there is parking available though. I enjoy visiting cathedrals, churches, temples and other historical and religious...More

Thank Michael_7X7
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting church that still needs some renovations. We visited to attend H Mass. community and priest very welcoming.

Thank C-Z-1982
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