It is one of 23 stops on the Hop-ON, Hop-Off bus tour in San Francisco. Completed in 1915 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, it is the only remaining structure that exists at it's original site. Renovations of the buildings and grounds continued to as late as 2009. Architects Merchant and Maybeck created the masterpiece to reflect ancient Greek and Roman buildings.
The pergola around a central rotunda is one on the highlights and draws wedding parties for pictures. The lagoon and Australian eucalyptus trees on the eastern end of the lagoon add to the design landscaping, as do the cherry blossoms in the Spring. I liked the sculptured allegorical figures which represent, Contemplation, Wonderment and Meditation which are perfect describtors of the mood the Palace of Fine Arts evokes. Another highlight is the 966 seat Palace of Fine Arts Theater which has continuous ongoing performances. Lastly, if you enjoy movies as I do, you will like to see the Palace because many movies contain segments shot at this spot. Vertigo, The Rock and Twisted are but a few. Tv shows like Monk and The Streets of San Franscisco also have scenes shot here. Sim City 2000 also includes the Palace of Fine Arts. What I did not like is the Canadian Goose droopings all over the lawn although once I noticed it I walked more carefully.
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