Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is the cathedral for the Diocese of San Jose. This church is the oldest non-mission congregation in California, with the current building dating to 1876. Besides being an active worshipping community and ministry location, the church has some beautiful architecture you must see.

Stained glass windows are some of the most popular features, with 39 windows commemorating saints including St. Aloysius and St. Claude de la Colombiere, both of Italian construction. Some of the windows are made from hand-blown Bavarian glass, representing a lost art in stained glass window-making.

The Odell Tracker pipe organ dates to 1886 and was designed specifically for this church. Only four organs of this style were made in the United States. Of these organs, this one is the only one on the West Coast that has survived in its original condition. In total there are 60 pipes with 27 ranks.

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Sight Name: Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Sight Location: San Jose, USA (See walking tours in San Jose)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in San Jose, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Create Your Own Walk in San Jose

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Jose is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
San Jose Public Art Walking Tour

San Jose Public Art Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
San Jose Downtown Walking Tour

San Jose Downtown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles