The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose, CA

On our first visit to downtown San Jose last Tuesday, the lovely Robin and I and our grandson Miles stopped into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph church when our visit to the art museum turned out to require less time than we had expected. 
We joined a half dozen apparent tourists and a couple people praying at the various altars inside, and I'm so glad we did. It is a beautiful church, the oldest non-mission parish in the state of California. 
This structure, the fifth on this site, dates to 1877. It replaced a previous church that burnt down. In 1981, the Vatican divided the Archdiocese of San Francisco, establishing the Diocese of San Jose, and this church became the cathedral (the seat of the bishop) in 1985.  
The art and architecture of the church is breathtakingly beautiful, from the dome to the rows of polished wooden chairs (not pews) in the sanctuary.  

The  Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph is located at 80 S. Market Street in downtown San Jose.  

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