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National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi

San Francisco
Free Admission
The church began as St. Francis Parish in 1849, the year before California became a state and San Francisco was incorporated as a city. The church was first a small wooden shack, and was then replaced by an adobe structure. Bishop of Monterey Joseph Alemany used the church as his cathedral for three years and held California’s first ordination to the priesthood there.

The current church building, a Norman Gothic church, was completed in 1860. The church survived the 1906 earthquake, but was severely damaged in the subsequent fires. A new church was rebuilt within the original church walls; it was rededicated in 1919. It was scheduled for closure 20 years ago, but the archdiocese opted instead to make it a shrine. Hence, it is no longer a regular parish church.

It is an attractive structure, featuring unique stained glass windows, colorful murals, and beautiful statues. It is also home to relics of St. Francis, St. Clare of Assisi, and St. Anthony of Padua. It welcomes pilgrims and visitors for prayer and meditation. It is a California historical landmark, and was named a shrine in 1999.

10:00 - 17:00

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Contact details

  • Name: National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Address: 610 Vallejo St - 94133 - San Francisco - Etats-Unis
  • Phone: (1) 415 986 4557

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°8, 8BX, 30, 41, 45, 91

Petra Martinez-Orlando