Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is a large Roman Catholic church located in Downtown San Jose. The minor basilica is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose in California. The basilica is named for Saint Joseph, patron saint of the universal church.
The original St. Joseph's Church was called San Jose de Guadalupe built on the site of the current basilica in 1803, and was the first non-mission parish built in California for the benefit of Spanish settlers instead of the Mission Indians (Ohlone). The Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe was connected with Mission Santa Clara by The Alameda which was part of the historic El Camino Real.
The original adobe structure was damaged by earthquakes in 1818 and 1822, and a new adobe church was built from 1835 to 1846. The second church was severely damaged by the 1868 Hayward earthquake, and work on the third church began in 1869. The third church was destroyed by fire in 1875, and a temporary fourth church was built a few blocks away while the fifth and current church was being constructed. The fifth church was dedicated by Joseph Alemany, Archbishop of San Francisco, in 1877 while construction continued. The current portico was completed in 1884, and the large dome was finished in 1885.
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  • I attended a special service at the Cathedral. The interior is beautiful. Its historic yet has a touch of contemporary elements. Seating is unique and semi circular, unlike what one normally would fin...  more »
  • Lima, Peru has 32 churches this one caught my eye. What a beautiful structure from the 1500 century.  more »
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  • Nice architecture. It is a Roman Catholic church in San Jose downtown. Parking is bit a problem here. Interior of the large dome is excellent. The basilica is in the name of Saint Joseph. The Odell pipe organ is nice, which was built in 18th century.
  • This once-beautiful basilica has, like so many others, been defaced by vandals infected with the Spirit of Vatican II. This is one of the worst wreckovations I've seen, which is impressive. Achievement unlocked, I guess. On the positive side, you can spend an entertaining five minutes playing Where's Waldo to find the Tabernacle.

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