Sacred Precinct

"San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality" – Paul Kantner

Category: Temples and Shrines

Mystery Tombstone and Druid’s Temple

In late August of 2001, a board member of the Colma Historical Association was taking a walk along the old Southern Pacific railway line in Colma, California, the only Necropolis, (City of the Dead) in North America, when he discovered a large tombstone half buried in the dirt.  The 1000 pound tombstone was beautifully carved and bore some unusual markings, including an inverted triangle with the Eye of Providence.  The tombstone was near a local monument maker, who agreed to retrieve it and hold it in safe keeping until it’s proper location could be determined.

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A Higher Calling: 140 New Montgomery

Commissioned in 1924 in order to consolidate several smaller buildings into one main headquarters for the then newly formed Bell System, (now AT&T) the skyscraper at 140 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco, was designed according to the basic architectural principles of a Buddhist temple-monastery.

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Shrine of St. Jude: Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases

Located inside St. Dominic’s church in San Francisco, is a shrine that contains a holy relic of St. Jude of Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless cases and impossible dreams.

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The Lady Isis in Bohemia

Enshrined within a glass case inside the Bohemian Club, is the ancient mummy of an Egyptian princess, a high priestess in the Temple of Amon-Re in Thebes, known affectionately as “Lady Isis.”

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450 Sutter – The Temple of Doom

Specifically designed to house dentist offices, Four-Fifty Sutter is alternately referred to by locals as “The Tower of Terror,” “The House of Pain,” Four-Fifty “Suffer” and “The Temple of Doom.”  Many have pondered the meaning of the building’s mystical Mayan symbolism, but their curiosity was never quite satisfied…until now.

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