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Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

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Address: 80 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
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+1 408-283-8100

Built in 1876, this church serves the oldest parish in San Jose.

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Choral Project

My friend and I saw the Choral Project sign. The church is beautiful and the music and songs were fabulous. It is a great place for a concert. Chairs a little uncomfortable.

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend and I saw the Choral Project sign. The church is beautiful and the music and songs were fabulous. It is a great place for a concert. Chairs a little uncomfortable.

Thank R4211IIdianam
Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really beautiful building both inside and out. Great place to go for a Catholic service. Amazing venue for weddings as well. There is also a gift shop on the side.

Thank NicoleHT
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

If you are into Cathedral's, this is a good place to visit. It is a beautiful church. It is still in it's original site and neat to attend a service there if you are catholic.

Thank Diane H
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

A delightful cathedral with a stunning ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows. Even on a cloudy day the windows are bright and beautiful! Services and concerts held in the round- a lovely place of worship.

Thank moot
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a beautiful church both inside and out in the middle of downtown San Jose. Well worth the visit and it has a nice gift shop next door.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I love this church, but it does not have the warmth I remember. More gorgeous than ever. Statues and windows have been cleaned and renovated. It seems to be missing the vibrant interaction I have experienced in the past.

Thank vintner25
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

I'm not a Catholic but there's true beauty in this Cathedral. Every December, they hold a special music program over 12 days with local musicians including clubs and school ensembles. Very worthwhile. Also, this deserving Cathedral does tremendous outreach work with he homeless including meals, medical care, and a mail drop. They can always use your help.

Thank Steven L
Westport, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

According to Wikipaedia, this cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century - and [beautifully] restored at the end of the 20th. The result is a magnificent building, especially inside. The ceiling is absolutely stunning. At the back, in a balcony, a huge pipe organ. Stained glass. Curved pews embracing the central altar. At the back is a... More 

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

This basilica has beautiful artwork, stained glass windows and is a wonderful place to stop and drink in some beauty and quiet while downtown San Jose.

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Reviewed 6 December 2016

The church is beautiful and the docents are knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour. Conveniently located in downtown San Jose.

Thank jcgtune

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