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The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is one of the few extant structures from the 1915 World's Fair, and one of the most photogenic spots in the city. Designed by Bernard Maybeck, it features a 162 feet tall classical Greco-Roman rotunda on the banks of an artificial European-Style reflecting lagoon. The arches are flanked by double columns, and the entablatures feature Bruno Louis Zimm's 3 repeating panels representing 'The Struggle for the Beautiful'. The first features an allegorical figure of Art flanked by idealists struggling against the materialistic centaurs. The second features Bellerophon mounting Pegasus as Orpheus with his lyre is followed by a lion. The allegorical figure of Genius holds a lamp and the pine cones of immortality. The third panel features Apollo in the midst of a procession of his devotees bearing garlands and fruit. The figures between the panels represent those who battle for the arts. The rotunda also has a frieze with allegorical figures representing Contemplation, Wonderment and Meditation.

Around it is an 1100 feet wide pergola or curved colonnade comprising 30 Corinthian columns framing a wide walkway. Each of the columns is surmounted by Ulric Ellerhusen's sculptures of 4 maidens called 'weepers', which enhance the solemnity of the setting. The idyllic park is a great place to picnic, and observe swans floating in the lake. It is also a venue for weddings and other events.

About Palace of Fine Arts

 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

 Nearest Transit: Civic Center/UN Plaza

 +1 415-567-6642

Palace of Fine Arts and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(1.5 km)
Housed over two floors, the SFMOMA displays the art ? in a variety of styles and media ? of over 1,000 emerging and established Northern Californian artists.

The Six Gallery

The Six Gallery(1.2 km)
On Friday, October 7, 1955, the '''Six Gallery reading''' took place here.

Wave Organ

Wave Organ(1 km)
Designed by George Gonzales and Peter Richards in 1986, the Wave Organ is a system of PVC pipes that harness the power of the ocean to create music, or at least what can be interpreted as music! There is a unique space at the end of a spit of land where you can sit and enjoy the sounds, and even if it's not your kind of music, there are some excellent views and it's also a great place to relax and have a picnic.

Golden Gate Yacht Club

Golden Gate Yacht Club(0.8 km)
Founded in 1939, this club is both a popular destination for pleasure cruises and for competitive regatta racing.

St Francis Yacht Club

St Francis Yacht Club(0.5 km)
Founded in 1927, this club has over 2,400 members and is also popular as both a cruise and regatta venue.

Alta Plaza Park

Alta Plaza Park(1.6 km)
A charming and immaculately manicured Pacific Heights park with great vistas over the Bay.

Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park(2.3 km)
Another little oasis park in the heart of Pacific Heights ? like its neighbor Alta Plaza Park, it is pristinely kept by local residents and it also has excellent views over the Bay.

Atherton House

Atherton House(2.4 km)
An 1881 Victorian mansion that was built for Mrs.

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