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3 Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral

Old Saint Mary's Cathedral
In 1906, a massive earthquake, followed by many fires, destroyed much of San Francisco, including all of Chinatown, the only exception being Old Saint Mary's Cathedral here, which was remarkably the sole survivor, the only building left standing in all of Chinatown. Though on the inside it did take quite a beating, especially from the fires, it was pretty much burnt out inside. And those fires were so intense, they even melted the stained-glass windows and the church bells. Old Saint Mary's Cathedral here was built back in 1854. If you ever look up to the clock tower, you can see a curious phrase there, which says, "Son, observe the time and fly from evil," which was particularly appropriate, given the location of the cathedral, because this whole area, just a few years after the cathedral was built, became a bit of a red-light district, and there was all sorts of suspicious characters hanging around here. Eventually, the archbishop decided to follow the advice of his own church tower, and he flew from evil, building a new cathedral up on O'Farrell and Van Ness. And that's when this one became known as Old Saint Mary's Cathedral.
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