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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

80 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2303
+1 408-283-8100
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Beautiful but cold

I love this church, but it does not have the warmth I remember. More gorgeous than ever. Statues... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
San Francisco, California
Beautiful cathedral with wonderful music in December

I'm not a Catholic but there's true beauty in this Cathedral. Every December, they hold a special... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Steven L
San Jose, California
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Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good27%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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80 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2303
+1 408-283-8100
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

I love this church, but it does not have the warmth I remember. More gorgeous than ever. Statues and windows have been cleaned and renovated. It seems to be missing the vibrant interaction I have experienced in the past.

Thank vintner25
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I'm not a Catholic but there's true beauty in this Cathedral. Every December, they hold a special music program over 12 days with local musicians including clubs and school ensembles. Very worthwhile. Also, this deserving Cathedral does tremendous outreach work with he homeless including meals,...More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 2 January 2017

According to Wikipaedia, this cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century - and [beautifully] restored at the end of the 20th. The result is a magnificent building, especially inside. The ceiling is absolutely stunning. At the back, in a balcony, a huge...More

Thank seggerman
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This basilica has beautiful artwork, stained glass windows and is a wonderful place to stop and drink in some beauty and quiet while downtown San Jose.

Thank jl42016
Reviewed 6 December 2016

The church is beautiful and the docents are knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour. Conveniently located in downtown San Jose.

Thank jcgtune
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

A must See while visiting San Jose, impressive structure yet able to feel more connected to a higher divinity.

Thank Ioana P
Reviewed 3 November 2016

It is a beautiful work of art. An amazing architectural piece of work, both inside and outside. Great stained glass and sculptures. Nice photo opportunities.

Thank thor2705
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Beautiful mission. Great for photography. Very historic. Great place to just sit quietly and contemplate life.

Thank bennett942
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Attend to hear seasonal concerts from local symphonic choirs (Ex. Bach Magnificat Nov 26, 2016 nominal fee) or free performances provided by a variety of groups (ex. Season of Hope) are fantastic ways to experience the beauty of this place. Supports local arts and raises...More

Thank paladin11
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This cathedral is a showpiece and a reverent place in the heart of busy downtown. The majesty, the stained glass and the sculpture are surpassed only by the humble mission of caring and compassion for all. This church is doing the good work of Pope...More

Thank ProudCalifNative
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Damilola E
Hello. I'll be visiting San Jose pretty soon and this Church is certainly a MUST. Is it open all day for the public? I'll love to take photos of the interiors and exterior during the day and at night. Any ideas on permits or what I need to do without having any issues. Many thanks, Dami
26 March 2015|
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Response from JohnWong56 | Reviewed this property |
I visited the church in the morning around 8 am during the weekdays and they have no services so was able to walk about freely. It is wise to check the church website for mass schedule to avoid the crowd. FYI there is... More