Saint Mary's CathedralCurrently Closed
- Address: 1111 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-4155672020
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Saint Mary's Cathedral - Review
This eye-catching Expressionist Modern cathedral was built in 1967, and it thought to be one of the greatest architectural accomplishments it the city. Reaching 58 metres into the sky, and topped with a 17 metre golden cross, the church is an arresting sight. White marble flows elegantly over the exterior. Inside, 2400 people can be seated, and huge windows look out over sweeping views of San Francisco. The centrepiece is a 14-tonne kinetic sculpture.
The cathedral’s also humourously called the "Our Lady of Maytag" or "McGucken's Maytag", as its exterior somewhat resembles a large washing machine agitator.
Saint Mary's Cathedral is one of the tourist attractions in San Francisco One Day Itinerary. You must visit this amazing tourist attraction in San Francisco.
Saint Mary's Cathedral Hours
If Docents are available, guided tours are provided:
- Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
- Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday after Masses.
Confessions :Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.mSaturday: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
How To reach Saint Mary's Cathedral by Public Transport
- 1111 Gough St
- Buses 38 and 38R stop Geary Blvd & Laguna St
- Bus 31 stop Eddy St & Laguna St
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Things to Know Before Visiting Saint Mary's Cathedral
5.06% of people who visit San Francisco include Saint Mary's Cathedral in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
29.41% of people start their Saint Mary's Cathedral visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Saint Mary's Cathedral
84.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Saint Mary's Cathedral
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Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco Reviews
From the outside St. Mary looks like a gigantic piece of grey, somber, concrete, modern design, brutalist architecture all in the shape of what may be a bishop's cap. It's placed in the middle of a huge plaza so it dominates like an unavoidable center piece. Impressive in that it symbolizes the wealth & power still vested in the Catholic church. Just the land property value must be exorbitant. The interior space is what makes St. Mary magical. Good placement of sculptural objets d'art, right lighting for subtle dramatic effect, organ on a grand one story high pedestal that looks like precision art piece. Large windows open up to various vistas of the city, one of them the dome of city hall which is modeled after Les Invalides by Mansart on the left bank in Paris. Soaringly high ceiling with a tasteful sparkling chandlier that mimics a shimmering, scintillating beam of divine light coming straight down onto the altar. Most of the stained glass lines the creases of the bishop's hat to let in colored light from the azure sky. Prominent mural of The Virgen de Guadalupe, who is the Virgin Mary of Mexico, made her apparition to Saint Juan Diego, a native Mexican, on Tepeyac hill in Mexico City in 1531. Rather appropriate since Alta California was formerly under Spanish & Mexican administration. "Tepeyac Hill had been a place for worshipping Aztec earth goddesses. Tepeyac is believed to have been a Pre Columbian worship site for the indigenous mother goddess Tonantzin Coatlaxopeuh." Interestingly, the Virgin Mary has been thought by many people around the world to be Goddess Mother Earth."
Excelent acoustic and beautiful modern architecture on top of a beautiful hill. An amazing place to pray an worship Gods grace
Everytime I attended mass here, may it be a saturday or a sunday mass; there was always this man, dressed in a suit, mean looking, bouncer like, who stands by the door. This man dictates when you can proceed to take a seat. He would even tell you to move to a different seat where other people are already sitting. I never understood that. The only church I've been that has a "bouncer" by the door. Makes you feel like you're at a night club instead of a church.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone visited us in Makurdi Nigeria and indeed great to have him with us
Don't miss it. Not a typical Catholic church. Modern building with huge Interior space. Not a historical site.