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Places to Worship in San Francisco


San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities on the West Coast and in the entire country with many well-known attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fisherman's Wharf. It is less known for its religion. San Franciscans are not very religious generally with only 40 percent claiming to be religious, but many more identify as being spiritual. San Francisco has a large number of places to worship despite of this fact, and many locals are deeply involved in the community. The city's rich multicultural identity with the significant presence of Asian Americans and other ethnic groups, has also contributed to the city's high number of Buddhist temples. San Francisco has a wide variety of places to worship that are sure to help you fulfill your spiritual needs.

There are many churches in the city that are Catholic. San Francisco has many beautiful cathedrals such as the Old Saint Mary's Cathedral on California Street which has a lot of character and is a popular place for weddings. Grace Cathedral is also located on California Street and has superb architecture. Saints Peter and Paul Church on Filbert Street is another gorgeous Catholic Church. San Francisco is also home to the popular St Dominic's Catholic Church on Bush Street which is one of the most exquisite buildings and places to worship in the city. The St. Patrick Church on Mission Street is also beautiful and is very popular with the local Filipino community. Also, be sure to stop by Saint Ignatius Church on Parker Avenue and admire its stunning architecture.




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There are many churches in San Francisco that are worth checking out if you're looking for a place to meditate or reconnect with your spiritual self. The Mission Bay Community Church on Ocean Avenue is a very well-attended and a respected establishment in the city. It also offers many free community services such as free groceries, free babysitting during service, and free dinners. Another well-known church in San Francisco which goes beyond Sunday services is Glide on Ellis Street, which provides an entire way of life. This church preaches inclusiveness and many San Franciscans come here to do community volunteer work. Another prominent church in San Francisco with a lot of followers is the First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center on Franklin Street.

If you're looking for Jewish services, San Francisco has many reputable synagogues that you can go to. Congregation Emanu-El on Lake Street is a prominent synagogue in San Francisco with a lot of community services and friendly people. Or Shalom Jewish Community on Quintara Street is a also a well-known Jewish synagogue. San Francisco also has other synagogues such as Congregation Sha' Ar Zahav on Dolores Street and Dayenu Judaica on California Street, which are also community-oriented and great places to worship in San Francisco.


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With its prominent Asian-American community, the city also has many Buddhist temples. San Francisco is home to the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco on Stevenson Street and the Saraha Buddhist Center on 17th Street, both of which are great places for meditation in San Francisco. The Hartford Street Zen Center, the Tin How Temple in Chinatown and the San Francisco Zen Meditation on Carolina Street are all also prominent establishments for honoring ancestors and finding inner peace. If you're looking for free yoga, San Francisco also has places of worship such as the SF Won Buddhist Meditation temple. If you're looking for a Hinduism temple in San Francisco, look no further than the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on Avalon Avenue.


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