Grace Cathedral

Church in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

The city's Episcopal cathedral has been rebuilt three times since the gold rush; the current French-inspired, reinforced-concrete cathedral took 40 years to complete. The spectacular stained-glass windows include a series dedicated to human endeavor, including Albert Einstein uplifted in swirling nuclear particles. Check the website for events on the indoor and outdoor labyrinths, including candlelit meditation services and yoga, plus inclusive weekly spiritual events, such as Thursday Evensong.

Grace's commitment to pressing social issues is embodied in its AIDS Memorial Chapel, with a bronze altarpiece by artist-activist Keith Haring depicting his signature figures as angels taking flight – especially powerful since this was his last work before his 1990 death from AIDS. Day and night, spot yogis walking the outdoor, inlaid-stone labyrinth, meant to guide restless souls through three spiritual stages: releasing, receiving and returning.