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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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Stunning piece of San Francisco history

How have I been to San Francisco countless times and never visited the Palace of Fine Arts? Better late than never, because this place should go on any tourist's "must-see" list... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2013
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

How have I been to San Francisco countless times and never visited the Palace of Fine Arts? Better late than never, because this place should go on any tourist's "must-see" list! A symbol of the never-yielding hope of a city when its people come together, the Palace was originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, less than a decade after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have been to the city many times but I decided to take a tour and we went there. Wow it was great. I really recommend it. Just so you know it was part of a fair to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. Cool history.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

During my trip to San Francisco, this place was a must-see on my list. The building is beautiful and the grounds are great to walk around and explore. Beautiful architecture and a great place for photos!

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Commerce GA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was not on my list of "must sees" on my California trip but was recommended by my daughter-in-law's dad that we were staying with. Glad I took his advice. These are magnificent structures and dwarf anything I have seen on the east coast including The BIltmore House in Asheville NC. Wonderful detailing on the structures and plenty of open... More 

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Cherryville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a beautiful, historic place to walk and/or sit and reflect. Beautiful swans swimming in the pond with a fountain. Classic architecture. Serene setting.

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New City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

During our visit to San Francisco we decided to walk down and visit the Palace of Fine Arts. It is a magnificent park with area to sit and look at the palace and swans and ducks in the water around the palace. The history behind the palace is interesting and a must on a walking tour starting outside the Presidio... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

When we traveled to San Fran, we didn't even know this place existed and was definitely not on our list to visit. However, on our drive to the golden gate bridge, my cousin took us for a little visit. The structure is just beautiful and definitely worth a visit. I came back with some amazing photos. We visited this place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

What a beautiful building. Cannot comment about the exhibition as we didn't go in, just enjoyed a stroll around the pond and the wonderful views it offered.

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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Not my favorite place on the San Francisco Bay. The Palace of Fine Arts is an oddly ornate, ancient-looking structure that was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. It's the last remaining structure on the north shore of San Francisco from the expo. Here you can get some nice photos, but if you're like me, you're not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Such a beautiful structure. Nice place to sit and just enjoy some peace in a busy city. Nice houses around it also. Wasn't on my original list of places to see in the city but glad I went.

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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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