Tourism for Locals: Saint Mary's Cathedral Puts Spin on Church Architecture

San Francisco is the home for every type of individual — from the quirky to the stoic, and the sexually deviant to the taciturn prude, all extremes and differing grades of personalities find places to congregate. Sometimes it seems the City's architecture reflects where distinct groups gather — from the families in Noe Valley's single unti homes to the young tech employees in sleek skyscrapers.

However, the focus of this week's “Tourism for Locals” deviates from this stereotype and proves that exteriors don't classify those that inhabit them and vice versa. A building that features scenic views of the classic San Francisco skyline, but whose architecture contradicts the classic image of opulent and somber images associated with the Roman Catholic Church: The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

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