Grace Cathedral, San Francisco


San Francisco, one of the world’s greatest cities has no shortage of sights.  On a recent visit, we came across the beautiful Grace Cathedral that was located by our hotel in Nob Hill.

The architecture of the cathedral is the traditional French Gothic style and it’s history extends back to 1849, when little Grace Chapel was built in Gold Rush San Francisco.   A larger Grace Church followed, but was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. The present Nob Hill cathedral site was given by the railroad/banking Crocker family, and the cathedral was built from 1927 to 1964.

Grace Cathedral is the third largest Episcopal cathedral and the fifth largest Gothic-style cathedral in the United States. Its docents, members of the Guild of Saint Martin, are a dedicated, well-informed group of volunteers who lead daily tours of the cathedral, explaining its history and architecture.  A beautiful, spiritual place!

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