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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...
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Go for a stroll back into architectural history

bring a picnic, watch the wedding couple picture taking, take your own photos, selfies, sit for a spell in this remnant from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

bring a picnic, watch the wedding couple picture taking, take your own photos, selfies, sit for a spell in this remnant from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

By far my husband's favorite spot in the city. We always stop by and watch the swans swim by after a bike ride or jog in Chrissy Fields. Easy to get to using public transportation, or biking to if renting a bike nearby. Highly recommend renting bikes (Fisherman's Wharf if necessary) and biking throughout this entire area. Public restrooms located... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We hired bikes and rode from the Fishermans Wharf area past Fort Mason and down Marina Boulevard to the Palace of Fine Arts. It was a warm and sunny day and we parked ourselves on a bench for a while to just stare at the palace and take in it's grandeur, it really is a beautiful structure. The gardens, water... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

During a tour, we were delivered to the Palace of Fine Arts. It is exceptionally beautiful and definitely worth a few minutes and few pictures. There was a beautiful swan and many turtles and ducks swimming around.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Very lovely spot to see some differ mediums of art. Very interesting place to still away a few hours of meditation.

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This place was very beautiful. ..great for pictures.. I would recommend a visit to this place it's worth the trip..

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Arts that have never seen before. A full detail information of arts history which satisfy the thought. Learn more at palace than watch television. A must to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It is beautiful. The water (pond/lake) is soothing and sometimes watching the ducks floating along make it a very peaceful place to hang out. A leisurely stroll is usually breezy because that's just the way San Francisco is, so take a jacket, but take that stroll. If you can go inside and have a look around. The rich history is... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I spent an afternoon walking around the Presidio/Marina area and found myself on a bench at the Palace of Fine Arts. The scenery is breathtaking and watching the birds and people made for a relaxing afternoon. Good to know the history of the Palace before going so you can appreciate the architectural details

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful day in SF and the history of this property sets the stage for all of SF. SF wanted the world to know it had recovered from the 1906 quake and the Worlds Fair was their way of showcasing the city. Palace of Fine Arts is as stunning as any photo. The day we were visiting was ride a bike... More 

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Marina District
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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