Grace Cathedral


Grace Cathedral found at 1100 California Street in San Francisco, California is an Episcopalian Church. It is on Nob Hill, one of the more popular streets in the city. In its early years the church was known as a pilgrimage center for those who moved into San Francisco and surrounding areas. Mosaics like de Rosen's replica of Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise are found inside the church. There are two labyrinths and a variety of stained glass windows.

Medieval and contemporary furnishings make up the church with a 44 bell carillon, choir space, and three organs. The church was built in 1849 during the gold rush. Unfortunately, the first building was destroyed in a fire that occurred as a result of the 1906 earthquake. For the rebuilding of the church the Crocker family gave their Nob Hill property. Since its rebuilding it has seen quite a few famous visitors like George Bush, Hannibal Goodwin, and James Smith Bush. Dean Gresham helped build the church finalizing it in 1928. Visitors will want to stop by the church for the architecture, most specifically the doors. The Ghiberti Doors are impressive with their architecture and design. They have very intricate artwork.

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