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Palace of Fine Arts

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Address: 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123-1019
Phone Number: 415 563 6504, 415 561 0364
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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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Great views and easy to walk around

Lots of outdoor architecture. The pond brings out the tranquility. Vey well shaded so you can have moments of reflections sitting on the bench reflecting on life and do some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sheana C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of outdoor architecture. The pond brings out the tranquility. Vey well shaded so you can have moments of reflections sitting on the bench reflecting on life and do some people watching

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really worth a quick visit. The kids loved it too - lots of swans and ducks. Great place for photos.

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Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped to have a walk around, see the turtles in the lake, take some pictures and marvel at the structure. Many people doing the same thing. Some wedding photographers were enjoying the view too. Try to stay out of the pictures. The one view we enjoyed, was looking up at the women hanging over the top, looking like something... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took a walk out to see the Golden Gate Bridge and on our way back saw the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts, Had no idea what we where about to see, but we are so glad we did go and see it. The grounds and the setting are beautiful. To think this was built a 100 years ago... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a beautiful sight, and definitely worth checking out. Bring snacks for a little picnic, and bring a jacket - it seems to always be a bit chilly. There isn't much to do, but if you have some time after seeing Golden Gate Bridge, definitely make this a stop.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Palace of Fine Arts is definitely a must see when in San Francisco. The grounds are beautiful, amazing structures and tons of photo opportunities.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A gorgeous building and spot to visit. Easy to find and you can walk through the structure and around the pond in front of it quite easily. In addition to the building and park there is amazing waterfowl to see in the corners with plaques with information about the birds you may be able to spot. We also saw a... More 

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Martigny, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A walk beetween the Bridge and the Pier 39... On the other side of the road, I saw like an antique monument. Incredible to find this here ! Finally not a short look, but at least one hour to see some details of the Romain's style... Back to the past... to be...

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Nederland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful place! So many people were there having pictures taken for weddings, etc. I don't blame them!!!

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Union Territory of Pondicherry, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The small water body surrounding the palace of fine arts had many water birds...the structure was originally built for an art exhibition...in 1915!!!!

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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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