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“Calm yet impressive”

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
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Owner description: Designed to look like a Roman ruin, this golden building is certainly a beauty to behold.
Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Calm yet impressive”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

This can't be seen from the marina where I have been many a time, so what a nice respite this was, when I took my lunch and a bus on a fine day out. Cool from the marina water's edge, shaded by huge trees and made-over columns and dome - this was a wonderful place to sit, view, share your lunch with all those birds even though we weren't supposed to, away from the hustle and clang of Union Square & Ghiardelli's. The stone maidens up high with their backs to us humans on the sidewalks made me smile.

Visited November 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A great park in which to spend an hour or two.”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Pretty park, nice pond with swans and other wildlife of a mainly fowl nature (Heron, Cormorant, Hummingbirds, etc.). The architecture is beautiful.

It's nice, serene and a great place to take pics if you are a photographer. I'd suggest grabbing some lunch somewhere and bringing it to the park for a picnic. Warning though - there *are* seagulls in the pond. I didn't have food with me so I don't know how they would react to someone with a lunch.

It was one of my favorite sites in San Fran...

Visited November 2013
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Longview
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gorgeous”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Absolutely Gorgeous Park and Palace. This park and palace has been maintaned really well and is absolutely stunning at sunset. Definitely worth stopping for. There is also tons of free street parking in the area.

Visited November 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Go! Just… go!”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a truly stunning sight! The park around the palace is clean, well-maintained, and has a lake with all sorts of birds living near it. From afar, the palace just looks like a dome of some sort and not all that interesting, but once we got there, we discovered it to be one of the most beautiful sights of our trip, really, of most trips!

Visited November 2013
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Orinda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Just a beautiful place to walk around….”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Beautiful architecture, peaceful, quiet….our children loved it. A nice respite in the middle of the city.

Visited December 2012
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