Mr Bell In San Francisco: Architecture & Attractions A Photographic Collection


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A little while back I was in San Francisco, a city that I’m very fond of. This collection of photographs shows San Francisco through my eyes, some of the places I visited and the some of the architecture unique to this great west coast city.

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Some views of the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf, now a busy tourist attraction filled with shops and restaurants but still home to the San Francisco fishing fleet. Attractions here include the sea lion colony near Pier 39, the Cannery Shopping Centre and Ghirardelli Square.

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One of the city’s most notorious attractions is Alcatraz, boats to “The Rock” depart from Alcatraz Landing just along from Fisherman’s Wharf.

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The Ferry Building was built in 1898 with the clock tower being modelled on the Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain. After years of decline in 2002 a redevelopment was undertaken and the building now houses a fantastic marketplace and hosts a farmers market on select days of the week.

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Lombard Street is supposed to be the world’s crookedest street, I think it probably is.

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San Francisco is renowned for it’s unique Victorian architecture which still exists in large parts of the city, here’s a few examples of what I discovered while wandering around.

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The cable cars and street cars of San Francisco are a tourist attraction themselves as well as being a vital part of the city’s transport infastructure.

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San Francisco City Hall is the seat of government for the city and the county of San Francisco. The Beaux-Arts building has the fifth largest dome in the world, this is the second City Hall as the first was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, this building was completed in 1915.

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The Palace of Fine Arts was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, today it hosts art exhibitions and other events and is a favourite place for wedding photographers in the area.

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The unmistakable Golden Gate Bridge, one of the city’s most iconic structures and famous across the world it’s a must do attraction for every visitor to San Francisco.

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Another of San Francisco’s iconic buildings is the Transamerica Pyramid. Standing at 853 feet (260m) on its completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.

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The Coit Tower also known as the Lilian Coit Memorial Tower is a 210 foot (64m) tower in the Telegraph Hill area of the city. Built in Pioneer Park in 1933 it was paid for by money bequeathed by Lilian Coit to beautify the city. It is said the tower was designed to resemble a fire hose due to Coit’s affinity with the San Francisco firefighters of the day, however the resemblance is coincidental.

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The area around the Bay Bridge is the more modern part of the city with its sky scrapers and office blocks it is the heart of the financial centre.

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The last five pictures here are just some general views that I got while moving around the city, from the busy streets, the beautiful Victorian architecture, the city skyline and the stunning countryside that surrounds it, these are to me what makes San Francisco such a great city. I can’t wait to return!

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