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Palace of Fine Arts

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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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Description: Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a...
Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
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Not to be missed. So much history and wish that they had expanded on the information on the Worlds Fair and the long road to establish the venue as it is today

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed. So much history and wish that they had expanded on the information on the Worlds Fair and the long road to establish the venue as it is today

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I saw the dome as I was cycling along the shore. I hadn't even heard of it and was astounded at how beautiful this place was. Perfectly set and offers and oasis before a very hilly cycle. The pond had a wonderful selection on birds and the sun catching the red stone was heavenly. Such a relaxing and beautiful place... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place to take pictures. You can go around the area and take photos from different angles. Plus, it's free! :)

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely walk from Fishermans Wharf, past Fort Mason and along the promenade down to the Palace of Fine Arts. The buildings are impressive (albeit reproductions!) and the innovation museum was worth the visit to see the history behind the 1915 exposition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

One of the best places in SF to take pix. Can have a romantic, scenery stroll. Or perfect place for wedding photo sessions.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It was built in 1915 and definitely to last. Beautiful place to see with the lagoons and wonderful architecture. A lot of movies made here.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My partner and I were strolling around the marina area and walked by the Palace of Fine Arts. This is a magnificent structure that is worth checking out, even if you only have 15 minutes to spare. The architecture is stunning and the Palace is huge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Our tour bus let us off here and it was worth the bus ride back. We also walked across the street (both ways) to the marina and the Letterman Digital Arts Center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was a busy Sunday for me, but it is all part of the experience of SF, what a very beautifull diverse city. Just go see it, and hope that you get all the nice vibes and pleasure I got. Dont miss it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

What a surprised! We stopped here on our Segway tour and I didn't feel I was in San Francisco. It's so Greek or Roman but what a beautiful place. The big attraction is outside and you can walk around for free. I will send people I know coming to San Francisco to see this. FYI $3000/hr to rent for weddings... More 

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Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighborhood into a party-going hotspot.
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