Famous cathedrals in San Francisco

A cathedral is much more than a place of worship. Most of these buildings contain a living history of the region they were built in, and more often than not have schools, museums and stores associated with their name. If you have just purchased one of the many homes for sale in the Bay Area, spend a day walking around town and visit some of the most renowned cathedrals in the San Francisco metro area.

Grace Cathedral

The original chapel here was built in 1849, but as with most buildings in San Francisco, it was destroyed in the fire after the 1906 earthquake. The Grace Cathedral is well-known for its series of labyrinths, and is a great place to visit any time of year.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Saint Mary's is the principal church in the Roman Catholic Dioceses in San Francisco, and the original cathedral was built in 1854. Though the old structure still stands today, it is now known as Old Saint Mary's Church. Head to the Cathedral Hill neighborhood to see both the older and newer buildings on the grounds.

Holy Trinity Cathedral

This organization is the oldest Orthodox parish in the contiguous United States. First built in 1857, the original site was destroyed in the great 1906 earthquake, and the current building was constructed in 1909 as a replacement. There are tons of historical aspects to this church - for example, Tsar Alexander III of Russia provided the cathedral with bells in 1888, which are still used today.