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San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #39 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: The dome of this venerable Government building is a replica of the one crowning St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We got married here in August 2014 after 18 years together. The space was amazing. Wedding first thing in the morning while it is quiet was a great recommendation by our photographer

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a stunning neoclassical building built after the great earthquake of 1906, explained on a guided tour by a knowledgeable guide who provides information not only on the building and its recent renovation, but the people behind it, the government of San Francisco and some of the events that have taken place in it.

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Medina, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Seriously, it's free and architecturally impressive so go check it out! We arrive there around 5:00 and it was empty. We just walked right in and were able to freely roam where ever we wanted. We took tons of pictures. The inside is awesome and I would love to get married there.

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Singapore, Singapore
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148 reviews 148 reviews
85 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stayed near the City Hall so we stopped by for about 15 minutes. Beautiful building, and it looks great when lit up at night as well.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I were visiting a friend at her office not too far away when she recommended stopping in at City Hall on the way out of the area. We didn't know that it was a replica at the time, just admired the beauty of the building for about an hour and took a lot of photos! There were... More

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Benicia, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Considering the history witnessed in this gorgeous building, it makes me crazy that visitors spend most of their time in the cheesy tourist traps at Fisherman's Wharf. At city hall you'll witness where the first same sex marriages in California took place (Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married here too incidentally)! Sadly this is also where Harvey Milk and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

One of the better town or city halls, often they are just basic and functional, this one stands out for its architectural quality. They don't make them like this any more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went on the FREE walking tour through the Public library! Great guide with lots of interesting fact's about area, the buildings, history of the different City Hall's. Beautiful building well worth the visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

One of the most beautiful City Hall I've seen. The buildings surrounding it a quite impressive as well. Lots of homeless people in the neighbourhood so that can be unpleasant but dont let that stop you from going. (It still felt safe)

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Growing up in the Bay Area over the years, I have seen many restorations take place to San Francisco’s City Hall. After the Loma Prieta earthquake and the seismic update to the building, its appearance today is even more spectacular than before. Entering city hall for the first time and looking up at the ceiling is quite impressive to look... More

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