|My Alphabe Thursday theme—Places I've Been|
I've driven and walked by St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose, California countless of times over the last 40 years or so. But, it was only last October when the Husband and I were walking back to our car from the nearby San Jose Museum of Art that we popped into the cathedral on a whim.
It was not all what I expected. The interior was large, airy, and light. The ceilings and dome were adorned with amazing art murals. And, the sanctuary was surrounded by spectacular stained glass windows.
The cathedral began as a small adobe church in 1803. It was the first parish in California. (San Jose was established as the first Spanish settlement about 26 years earlier.) Earthquakes and fires destroyed four churches. The fifth, and current, building was completed in the 1880s.
Major restoration was done on the church in the late 1980s. In 1990, it formally became St. Joseph Cathedral. Seven years later, the Vatican granted it status as a Basilica.
Here are a few more photos of the church interior.