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San Francisco City Hall

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Civic Center)
415-701-2311
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As featured in San Francisco on a budget
Ranked #40 of 375 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Vancouver, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We initially saw this building from the bus. We came back later to see what it was. Had no idea what was inside and initially it doesn't look like anything. Tthen you walk into the main hall and it is incredible with staircase and mouldings. It was only completed in 1982 but copied from the original that was mostly destroyed... More

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went for the architecture, and were not disappointed, but the jewel was watching lots of couples being married, on the stairs, on the balconies, in the adjacent halls... A shame about the number of citizens who 'live' in the surrounding gardens. Evidence of US and California economies.

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Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is another wonderful place to visit in SFO. Help of professional guide may be sought to understand historical significance of this place.

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Los Altos Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

If you are into architecture, it is indeed a beautiful building, both inside and out. It is worth a look at the very least, from the outside. But unless you are into buildings, then a view from driving would satisfy most. I rated it "average" because I don't really think it is worth a lot of your time because it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A must. See the endless stream of happy wedding couples. Admire the structure of the dome and the grandeur of the public spaces. Hear the story of Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone. Enter at the rear of the building, not on Van Ness and go to the tour desk. There was a paper to sign up in advance which perhaps... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

City Hall is a beautiful landmark of San Francisco, but to reach it from market street, you have to pass through dozens of homeless and people staring at you

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