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Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

If you’re visiting San Francisco, Grace Cathedral should definitely be on your list of places to visit.

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

It’s breathtaking at night and the ‘Gates of Paradise’ or ‘Ghiberti Doors’ are exquisite.

'Gates of Paradise' or 'Ghiberti Doors' in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

To be fair, the gates are a replica. The original gates were in Florence at the Florence baptistery. However, were you to go to Florence today to see the doors, you would be looking upon a replica too, as the orignal doors are now stored away in a protected and controlled environment.

Here are some close-ups of sections of the doors:

Close-up of Ghiberti doors, San Francisco

Close-up of Ghiberti Doors, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral at night, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral is also famous for its labyrinth. It’s as beautiful inside as it is on the outside, and I found it strangely calming to sit inside the cathedral for a while, after a long day out in the city. It’s very cool and quiet inside, and I found myself unsurprisingly, in a contemplative mood.

After visiting the Cathedral, I would also recommend walking over to the famous hotel across the street: the Fairmont San Francisco. This is where the United Nations Charter was first drafted, in the hotel’s Garden Room.