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A exceptionally beautiful facade with its double campanile beckoned us as we walked along Grant Avenue. In the late afternoon sunshine it was as though shimmering with its lustrous finish.
Stepping in was to view a glorious nave with a forest of Gothic columns and...More
According to the internet, this church is a shrine to the St. Francis of Assisi. My tour guide told me it was a replica and I can’t even notice that it isn’t the original structure. It’s a must see in San Francisco!
Since we have visited the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, we knew we wanted to visit this national shrine. Saint Francis of Assisi is the namesake for San Francisco. The National Shrine consists of an historic Church, built in 1849, and the La...More
A wonderful old San Francisco gem! Visit. They built a small chapel next door in 7/8 scale called the Portziuncula, an exact but scale replica of the one in Assisi built by Saint Francis himself. This church has gorgeous paintings inside and the Mass is...More
When I travel abroad, I always find a cathedral for a few reasons, for peace, culture, and to prey. This shrine to St Francis is amazing. It's beautiful, quiet, the stained glass tells stories. It's definitely worth a visit.
My wife and I visited this church in the North Beach area. It has an exact replica of the St. Francis Grotto in it. The person showing us around the shrine was very informative and polite. The detail of the shrine is absolutely amazing! We...More
I love old churches and this one was a wonderful break filled with peace and rest from the busy streets and all the walking we had been doing in among the surrounding neighborhoods. I loved the stain glass and the stories that the art work...More
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style.
Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.