Grace Cathedral is home to a community where the best of Episcopal Christian tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation, where inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed, where beliefs are put into action and where people are encouraged to seek God and progress on their own spiritual journey. This renowned San Francisco landmark serves as a regional magnet where diverse people gather to celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.
Famed as a destination for visitors from all over the world, the cathedral is known for its striking architecture, the Ghiberti Doors, two labyrinths, stained glass, Interfaith AIDS Chapel, and for being home to a vibrant and diverse congregation. Tours of the structure are offered daily, while artistic and intellectual programs are scheduled throughout the year.
Many people walk through our doors every day and all are welcome. They come to participate in worship services, to walk the labyrinths, to seek a peaceful place, to learn at The Forum, or to simply visit the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the United States. Come share in our Cathedral life and all that we do in worship, education, service and the arts.
We request a suggested donation from tourists, but it is not required for entry.
For a listing of our typical service times, click here.
Grace Cathedral is the daughter of historic Grace Chapel. The first little chapel was built in the gold rush year of 1849, and the imposing third church, for a time called Grace "Cathedral," was destroyed in the fire following the 1906 earthquake. The railroad baron/banker Crocker family gave their ruined Nob Hill property for a diocesan cathedral, which took its name and founding congregation from the nearby parish.
Dean J. Wilmer Gresham nurtured the young cathedral, and work began on the present structure in 1928. Designed in French Gothic style by Lewis Hobart, it was completed in 1964 as the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the nation.
The cathedral has become an international pilgrimage center for church-goer and visitor alike.
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