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Old Cathedral of St. Mary

660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Welcoming, great aervice

Interesting church that still needs some renovations. We visited to attend H Mass. community and... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Reno, Nevada
via mobile
Beautiful Historic Church worth preserving

This church has a remarkable history . Having withstood 1906 earthquake & a fire. It stands right... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Watsonville, California
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This downtown San Francisco landmark was the first Catholic church in California.
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660 California St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-2501
+1 415-986-4388
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting church that still needs some renovations. We visited to attend H Mass. community and priest very welcoming.

Thank C-Z-1982
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This church has a remarkable history . Having withstood 1906 earthquake & a fire. It stands right in middle of China town & I have walked past many times. This time I took the time to enter. Beautiful stained glass windows all around. You can...More

1  Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 4 March 2017

You wish these walls could talk. Simple, enveloping, non exaggerated architecture, economical and pragmatic when it was constructed, for the specific purpose for which it was built. ....I praise thee Lord.

Thank differentname
Reviewed 9 October 2016

What a beautiful and historical old building. The stained glass windows are beautiful. Unfortunately, lots of paint is peeling is some areas, plaster is falling in others. Nonetheless, if you are interested in historic buildings, this is definitely worth the visit.

Thank CLo976
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Two major calamities that this church have overcome. On April 18, 1906, a major earthquake struck SF. Many calamities but Old Saint Mary's survived and was intact. However, a fire broke out down below the hills at the pier area and the fire spread quickly...More

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Over 161 years ago, this cathedral stood as California's first cathedral. Lots of history within these walls, not to mention the spiritual ambiance that is palpable. it remains an active, working parish church serving the China Town neighborhood and beyond. All are welcome.

Thank beetcanner
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We arrived in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon and knew we would not have time for church on Sunday morning. Luckily, our hotel was only two blocks from this church. What a lovely old church. It was right at the corner of Chinatown. We...More

Thank Marie C
Reviewed 4 July 2016

This old red brick cathedral with clock tower is located on California Street with a cable car stop right in front. Inside the cathedral, there are white marble pillars and an arched ceiling with soft tones near the top. Stained glass windows and sculptures run...More

Thank FormerCaliBoy
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

So this is an impressive, historic church right near Chinatown so one can't miss it. Its a brick church and it is quite big with a shop which is assessable by the Main Street right behind It's still a functioning church so they have mass...More

Thank youke_worldwide
Reviewed 23 January 2016

This "old cathedral" in Chinatown is actually a parish church that serves Chinatown and Nob Hill. Though built as the first cathedral in California, the building only served in that capacity from 1854 to 1891 when a needed larger structure went up elsewhere. When we...More

Thank Rumples
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
neighbourhood decorated with colourful shops, historic
streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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