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The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

610 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3917
+1 415-986-4557
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Inspirational Church!

Since we have visited the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, we knew we wanted to visit this... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Maggi713
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Baltimore, Maryland
Great location, murals, Liturgy

A wonderful old San Francisco gem! Visit. They built a small chapel next door in 7/8 scale called... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
IrishGermanSwedish
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SF, CA
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LOCATION
610 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3917
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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+1 415-986-4557
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

Since we have visited the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, we knew we wanted to visit this national shrine. Saint Francis of Assisi is the namesake for San Francisco. The National Shrine consists of an historic Church, built in 1849, and the La...More

Thank Maggi713
Reviewed 24 April 2017

A wonderful old San Francisco gem! Visit. They built a small chapel next door in 7/8 scale called the Portziuncula, an exact but scale replica of the one in Assisi built by Saint Francis himself. This church has gorgeous paintings inside and the Mass is...More

1  Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Reviewed 8 April 2017

When I travel abroad, I always find a cathedral for a few reasons, for peace, culture, and to prey. This shrine to St Francis is amazing. It's beautiful, quiet, the stained glass tells stories. It's definitely worth a visit.

Thank gillian p
Reviewed 25 March 2017

My wife and I visited this church in the North Beach area. It has an exact replica of the St. Francis Grotto in it. The person showing us around the shrine was very informative and polite. The detail of the shrine is absolutely amazing! We...More

1  Thank Ed K
Reviewed 13 January 2017

A little gem of 19th century taste in the middle of a busy intersection. Quiet and gleaming white aisles allow you to imagine what it was like here 150 years ago.

Thank Ken A
Reviewed 29 October 2016

I love old churches and this one was a wonderful break filled with peace and rest from the busy streets and all the walking we had been doing in among the surrounding neighborhoods. I loved the stain glass and the stories that the art work...More

1  Thank TheSandyCrab
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Please take a break and enjoy a moment of peace in this cathedral, when they are not having service. Appreciate the architecture and I like to peacefulness that comes with it.

1  Thank Enhan
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Loving the story of Saint Francis of Assisi and what he stood for, made this visit even more memorable. One of the greatest experiences is to visit the replica of the chapel which is next door. I spoke to one of the Franciscan Monks for...More

1  Thank Trapperkpr
Reviewed 28 June 2015

A beautiful building, which provides sanctuary from the city outside. Worth visiting if you are in this area.

Thank Stevestravels101
Reviewed 14 June 2015 via mobile

You really need to take the time to walk through the church . It is so beautiful. I love the paintings on the ceilings. You will be awe struck when you look down the pews to the front. Words can not describe the beauty and...More

Thank Julie K
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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
...More
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