send to printer

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Berkeley, California, United States, North America: The Corinthian columns of the rotunda have appeared in the background of countless wedding photos
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 567 6642's insider take:

A mock-classical ruin erected for the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts was originally fashioned from wood, plaster, and burlap and intended to be merely temporary. But when the exhibition finished, locals wisely decided the building was too lovely to destroy. Ravaged by the elements, it was eventually recast in concrete in the '60s. Watch for swans and turtles sunning themselves, as well as posing brides: The building is a popular backdrop for wedding pictures.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.