1100 California Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 749-6300 Switchboard
(415) 749-6301 Fax
Located at 1100 California Street at Taylor atop Nob Hill in San Francisco.
The cathedral is open Sunday through Friday from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM and Saturday from
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Our offices are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Website
St Patrick's Church
South of Market
San Francisco's historical land mark list and founded in 1851.
756 Mission Street
(between 4th St & Opera Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 421-3730 Website
Holy Virgin Cathedral
6210 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121
The Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a San Francisco landmark
and the Russian Orthodox spiritual center
of America’s West Coast. Built by St. John, the Wonderworker of Shanghai & San Francisco and frescoed by the renowned iconographer Archimandrite Kiprian of Jordanville, the Cathedral of the Mother
of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" has a vibrant liturgical life, three choirs, a full-time Orthodox Academy and a Russian High School. Many
important church events have taken place at the Holy Virgin Cathedral, including the glorification of
St. Herman of Alaska and 10 years ago - St. John (Maximovitch). www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws
" The building itself is a lesson — it teaches truth and honesty, this little tiled brick church at the corner of Lyon and Washington streets... "
Over one hundred years after
those words were written by a newspaper reporter, the Swedenborgian Church still stands — flourishes, rather — in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Its creation in 1895 was influenced by an elite group of early California pioneers: the painter William Keith, naturalist John Muir, architect A. Page Brown, draftsman Bernard Maybeck, and most particularly by the Reverend Joseph Worcester, who would be its first minister. The spirit of the church arose from an appreciation of the beauty of nature, and a will to express that beauty as divinity itself.
"The Swedenborgian Church is a San Francisco gem of exquisite beauty and spirituality. This 100-year old church radiates friendship and community and has been a haven to countless San Franciscans." - Nancy Pelosi announcing that the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
2107 Lyon Street at the corner of Washington.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Kong Chow Temple
This Taoist temple, founded in 1857, has some of the most colorful altars in the entire city. The green, red and gold altars display representations of various gods. This fourth-floor location was built in 1977, and is also home to the Chinatown Post Office. 855 Stockton St., (415) 788-1339.
Tien Hau Temple
Norras Temple: Norras Temple is the oldest Buddhist Temple in San Francisco, dating back more than 50 years. Featuring an altar made of wood imported from China, the temple is also adorned with symbols from Tibetan Buddhism. The temple itself was named after Tibet's Norras Buddhist Temple. 109 Waverly St., (Third Floor), 415-362-1993.
Buddhas Universal Church
Standing five stories, Buddhas Universal Church is the largest Buddhist church in the country. Built in 1961, the temple is a place of serenity for the largest Buddhist congregation in San Francisco. It also affords views over the whole city. 720 Washington St., (415) 982-6116. (Web site)
Gold Mountain Sagely Monastery
This Buddhist sanctuary in the heart of Chinatown offers lectures on Buddhism, Sutra recitations, and meditation classes. 800 Sacramento St., (415) 421-6117.
Tien Hau Temple
Each floor of this building has a completely different look to it, ranging from opulent to neon. It was designed in 1911 and achieved its mishmash of influences through the years. On the top floor is the temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Heaven. Brightly painted on the outside, with the scent of incense wafting from its walls, the temple is a sanctuary for the people. Opening time varies. Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated. 125 Waverly Place (at Clay Street), no phone.
Spend some time in heaven on earth in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. "To my surprise, the American President FDR, plus other local San Francisco dignitaries, are portrayed in stained glass windows. If you're in the neighborhood, walk into this awe-inspiring space called Grace. If there is a heaven, Nob Hill is not a bad location."
Video By Frederic Larson SF Chronicle.