The Palace of Fine Arts

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I live ten blocks away from here, The Palace of Fine Arts, a monumental structure built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. That event was essentially a world's fair held in San Francisco to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. It was widely seen, however, as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

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Only one of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition remains today. The Palace was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009.

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The Palace of Fine Arts was designed by Bernard Maybeck, who took his inspiration from Roman and Greek architecture.The detail here is beautiful. It's a popular setting for weddings or at least wedding pictures.

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The Palace is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and walkway with plenty of benches to take in The Palace's beauty.

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The rotunda is an 1100 foot pergola, an arch formed by rows of Corinthian columns. The underside of the rotunda's dome has eight large insets, which originally contained murals by artist Robert Reid.

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The gardens here are immaculately kept and beautiful.

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It's a great place for kids and dogs to romp around. There's Pilot. The bubble over his head reads, Lady, I don't see food in your hand, so I'm pressing on.

Even if you're in town for a short while, take a drive or a walk here. It's just a pretty spot to take in, even for a brief five minutes.

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