Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
On the west side of Huntington Park stands Grace Cathedral. This Neo-Gothic church, clearly influenced in its architecture by Notre Dame in Paris, was dedicated in 1964, having taken 36 years to build. It replaced an earlier church which stood lower down Nob Hill that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Grace Cathedral is the seat of the Episcopalian Bishop of California.
Grace Cathedral Map
Official site: www.gracecathedral.org
Address: 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108-2206, United States
Opening hours: 7am-6pm; Sun: 8am-7pm; Sat: 8am-6pm
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop
Transit: Bus: 1; Cable car: California Street.
Grace Cathedral Highlight
The interior of Grace Cathedral houses a number of notable works of art including a 13th century Catalonian crucifix, a Flemish altarpiece dating from the late 15th century, a silk and gold Brussels Gobelin tapestry from the 16th century, a terracotta relief of the Madonna and Child by the Renaissance artist Antonio Rossellino and, on the north wall of the ambulatory, a collection of pages from medieval bibles illustrating the history of bible reproduction.Also of particular interest are stained glass windows from the workshops of Charles Connick, Henry Lee Willet, Mark Adams and Gabriel Loire. The great east rose-window (by Loire, 1963) is illuminated after dark from within the building. The Cathedral has a celebrated choir of men and boys; recitals are often given on the Cathedral organ which has 7,286 pipes. The 44 bells in the north tower are rung every evening; the hour bell, weighing six tonnes, is the largest in the West.
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