Grace Cathedral - a masterpiece in San Francisco
In the bustling San Francisco city, Grace Cathedral is outstanding with its vintage beauty and tranquility. Whether tourists spend half of a day or even just a moment, Grace Cathedral will provide numerous things for everyone to do and see. Visitors will surely have an unforgettable time when setting foot on this masterpiece in San Francisco.
The masterpiece Grace Cathedral
Located in the center of San Francisco, Grace Cathedral is one of the three largest Episcopal Cathedrals of the United States. It allows both local residents and international tourists of all ages to access for praying or visiting. Especially, visitors can understand more about the cathedral through the historical stories, besides, the impressive art and architecture are also amazing.
The stunning architecture and art inside the cathedral
Let's go around the cathedral and explore some interesting things that you can join in. Firstly, the two incredible labyrinths include indoor and outdoor labyrinth which is famous in the Christian spirituality. Here, travelers can take a walking meditation and release their minds to experience the contemplation as well as peace. Tourists may meet and pass others walking on the two-way path.
Occasionally, there are candlelight labyrinth walks in the evening on the second Friday of every month, plan your time to take part in and enjoy the wonderful event with the fascinating live music.
Taking a walk and opening your mind
One of the interesting activities in the Grace Cathedral for everybody is a yoga class. Starting from 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm on each Tuesday, the yoga class is quite popular and welcome everybody all over the world, thus, visitors may enjoy the class. People coming to the class usually bring their mats, but there are the colorful mats for tourists to hire with $5. The class is free, however, we suggest that everyone should donate about $10 to assist the teacher and also the cathedral. Travelers can easily see the donation boxes at the entrance.
Joining in a yoga class
For those who love music, the live music performances in Grace Cathedral are the things they should not miss. On the special occasions such as Christmas or Easter, it is free for all to come and hear the nice acoustic songs. The performances of the Choir of Men and Boys held at the Eucharist at 11 am on Sunday and the Evensong at 5.15 pm on Thursday are the most beloved ones. They also have CD sold in the cathedral shop. Or, visitors can admire the cathedral's organ which includes 7,466 pipes. It is one of the outstanding classical organs in the United States. Attending a fine organ performance to enjoy the beautiful music in a tranquil atmosphere will be a feast for your soul.
The Choir of Men and Boys
With the slogan "art connect people", Grace Cathedral often organizes some art exhibitions in many time of the year. The stunning exhibit named “Right, before I Die” which is talk about the death shows visitors the life. It includes various photographs of twenty patients having the serious illness. Through the pictures, audiences recognize many lessons about the compassion and care about the ill people. The exhibit will be moved to Los Angeles, so do not miss the chance to admire it. Another art display is "Letters to the Universe" which is a social program. The theme of the exhibition is that each voice is important. Everybody can write a letter and put it in the mailboxes which have wings to request the universe. Tourists may want to write their own letters to ask some wishes for their lovers.
The winged mailboxes
A highlight place in the Grace Cathedral is the AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel where travelers can have a look at the Keith Haring altar and NAMES AIDS Quilt. The AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel memorizes the AIDS patients and shows the deep gratitude to caregivers. There are many striking furnishings which reflect the world beliefs and remind the serious damage of the AIDS pandemic. Besides, tourists can see a book having about 500 names of people who died of AIDS put in the corner and the NAMES AIDS Quilt on a panel hanged on the vault of the cathedral.
The AIDS Interfaith Memorial Chapel
Another useful suggestion is that visitor should also come to Grace Cathedral at dusk to admire the wonderful glass rose windows. The well-decorated windows are lighted up with colorful lights at 5.30 pm to 11 pm every day. The view of the cathedral at night is absolutely fantastic and a walk with your lovers in the clean and comfortable air is a nice moment.
The perfect colors of the rose window
Furthermore, Grace Cathedral also offers a coffee shop named Peet’s Coffee for everyone to have a cup of coffee or a light meal with snack and sandwich. For those who enjoy shopping, the shop at the cathedral will be an ideal choice. It provides many products such as T-shirt, souvenirs or jewelry with the affordable price. Also, visitors should remember to check the open time of the two shop.
Buy a pretty labyrinth necklace
In all, Grace Cathedral is a fascinating destination for your trips in San Francisco. The cathedral is accessible for everybody of all ages including the disabled. Tourists can visit Grace Cathedral at 8 am to 6 pm daily and take part in many enjoyable activities.