The crown of Nob Hill is the grand neo-Gothic
church Grace Cathedral. With frescoes depicting the
history of San Francisco and scenes from the life of
St. Francis of Assisi, to the beautiful stained glass
windows, also famed for its Ghiberti doors ("The Gates
of Paradise") at the entrance, with labyrinths and medieval
and contemporary furnishings, as well as its carillon,
organs, and choir, the Cathedral has become an international
pilgrimage center for church-goer and visitor alike.
This Cathedral will be the highlight of
your tour to Nob Hill. The Church also features two
labyrinths, an outdoor labyrinth made of terrazzo stone
and the indoor wool tapestry labyrinth. Grace Cathedral
is a living cathedral -- a cathedral built of people
-- the donors who built and furnished it, the clergy
and staff who serve it, the congregation who worship
in it and serve the wider community, the schoolboys
who study in cathedral crypt classrooms, and the visitors
who come by the hundreds daily to explore and learn
from it, to walk the labyrinth, or to sit in quiet contemplation.
Even the neighbors who come to do their tai-chi meditation/exercises
in its shadow, the homeless who sometimes sleep on its
pew cushions, and the endlessly-patient cathedral garage
attendant are part of its life.