PALACE OF FINE ARTS

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Orig­i­nally de­signed for the 1915 Panama Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­si­tion, this domed ro­tunda is all that re­mains from eight iden­ti­cal struc­tures built to show the world that San Fran­cisco had risen from the ashes after the dev­as­tat­ing 1906 earth­quake. The world’s fair hon­ored the com­ple­tion of the Panama Canal, and the con­struc­tion of the Palace of Fine Arts turned the di­lap­i­dated Ma­rina District into an ex­hibit of ar­chi­tec­tural beauty. Fea­tur­ing a la­goon with swans, to­day this is a pop­u­lar spot to stroll and take pho­tos. 3301 Lyon St., 415.567.6642.

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