We realized when we wrote our post about beautiful Catholic Churches to visit in the US (http://blog.thecatholicgiftshop.com/beautiful-catholic-churches-to-visit-in-america/), that we’d done a good, but not great job. It’s important to recognize our faults, right? We think it would’ve been more appropriate to break down the prettiest churches by state. There are far too many to gloss over them in a country wide post, and it might be a little too cumbersome to go county by county. The state level should work out well.
We wanted to start with some of the most beautiful Catholic Churches in California. In case you weren’t aware, we’re in New Jersey. To see the diverse styles the churches of California have is a real treat for us, and we hope to make it out there to see them someday. For now we’ll just blog about them, and maybe pin some pictures to Pinterest.
Found in the diocese of Sacramento, this church has been a landmark for quite some time according to what we’ve read. You can attend Mass here on Sundays at 11:30 am if you’re down with trekking into the Sierra Nevada mountains! We were able to find a breathtaking image of this church in the snow. Really awesome stuff! It looks just as pretty in the summer time too from the images we’ve seen.
National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco, California
If you’re a St. Francis fan, (who isn’t?) this one is a must visit! It’s not truly a church though, we’ll divulge. San Francisco deals with earthquakes, as you probably know, so this church has been rebuilt a few times. Twenty years ago, the church was supposed to close for good. Instead, they decided to make it a full time shrine. You can see relics of St. Francis, St. Anthony, and St. Clare when you visit, so church history buffs will be justifiably excited to visit.
This particular church will be very cool for rosary lovers! It features statues of the mysteries of the rosary and beautiful paintings as well. This parish is an important part of the Italian community of San Diego, as it lies in the Little Italy section of town. Much of the interior was beautifully decorated by Fausto Tasca, an Italian artist.
This is a very historic church founded in the 1870s! It features beautiful stained glass and an interior that is overall just aesthetically pleasing from the pictures we were able to find.
While these Catholic Churches are all from the state of California, you can see through the images that they all offer their own unique taste of California Catholicism. We really would love to visit these some day! By no means is this a comprehensive list. There are many other beautiful California Churches to visit too! For more California Churches to visit, check out this great post: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/1428/twelve_churches_not_to_miss_when_you_visit_california.aspx