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"St PAUL and PETER" Washington Square Park Tip by mindcrime

Washington Square Park, San Francisco: 10 reviews and 29 photos

  Washinghton square is an oasis?!
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  • Washinghton square is an oasis?! - San Francisco
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  • statue of Benjamin Franklin - San Francisco
      statue of Benjamin Franklin
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  • St. Paul and Peter church - San Francisco
      St. Paul and Peter church
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  • Filbert street - San Francisco
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  • view from Filbert street - San Francisco
      view from Filbert street
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Washinghton square is located right in the middle of North Beach district, the old Italian neighborhood of SF. It is the only open space area in this district as you can see in pic one that I took from the Colt Tower. Although the square is full of homeless people at night it was nice to walk and relax for a while in the morning and there are some nice cafes there, we drunk superb cappuccino and had some nice meals there. In the middle of the square there is a small statue of Benjamin Franklin (pic 2).

Of course, the most beautiful sight to see at the square is the St. Paul and Peter church (pic 3) at 666 Filbert street (yes, the number of street made me wonder too). It was built in 1924 and it is the biggest catholic church in the city. If you visit SF during October don’t miss the litany of Santa Maria del Lume (protector of fishermen) that goes down Columbus avenue to Fisherman’s Wharf to bless the fishermen! The church is beautiful with the twin lofty spires going up to 52 meters, while the interior has some nice statues and stained glasses.

We were ready to walk up the Filbert street now (pic 4). Our target was the Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph hill but watch out and take small breaks because you’re going to get tired soon of the steep hill. Don’t forget to turn back towards the Washington square and take some nice pics (pic 5)

Address: North Beach, San Francisco
Directions: In the heart of the North Beach neighbourhood. we took bus 41 from Transamerican Pyramid and stopped at the square but there are many buses that stop there
Phone: (415) 274-0291

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 20, 2010
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