Our east coast friends Jack and Rachel were in town this past weekend, and we showed them an epic time in San Francisco, complete with walking tour of North Beach and Chinatown, driving tour of the rest of the city, picnic in Dolores Park, a showing of Book of Mormon at the Orpheum, and a hike on the Dipsea Trail in Muir Woods, among many other things. While Dave was at work, the three of us managed to sneak in a trip to Grace Cathedral on our walking tour their first day, and I am very glad we did.
I am lucky enough to travel quite a bit, and I have seen some beautiful churches in my travels. I had not been to Grace Cathedral since a field trip in middle school, so I forgot that we have a church right here in San Francisco that rivals those old, grand churches in Europe. Grace Cathedral is beautiful. It is huge and awe-worthy, and if I were religious, this is where I would go. There are signs around the church welcoming everyone - emphasis on everyone - in San Francisco, that means a very wide range of personalities. I could never respect a church that felt any other way.
I also learned something very interesting while visiting Grace Cathedral - the United Nations was formed during a meeting of 50 countries here in San Francisco. A plaque and piece of art inside Grace Cathedral commemorate this historical event. I thought that was incredibly cool.
The verdict: Grace Cathedral is definitely worth a visit, even during a short trip to San Francisco. Whether you are religious or not, it is a notable building with some beautiful art work, and even this grumpy Agnostic would return. There are also yoga classes that take place here every Tuesday evening - can you think of a more typically San Franciscan thing to do? Who would like to join me?