San Francisco: Palace of Fine Arts

Originally built in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the only few surviving structures from the Panama-Pacific Exposition. 

After our short visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, we drove to the nearby Palace of Fine Arts.

Finding a spot to park is quite a challenge; the sun was out and there were like around 10 couples having their wedding photos and pre-nup photos taken all at the same time.

I went in by myself. My sister, parents, and Booze just sat on the grass watching people and dogs enjoy the sunny afternoon.

Taking inspiration from Roman and Ancient Greek architecture, the Palace in itself is essentially a fictional ruin from a different time.

The three repeating panels around the rotunda representing "The Struggle for the Beautiful".

The Weeping Women seen atop the colonnade and the sculptured allegorical figures representing Contemplation, Wonderment, and Meditation.

The underside of the rotunda that features eight large insets originally contained murals by Robert Lewis Reid.

Despite having to endure numerous restoration from the time it was built, the Palace of Fine Arts still remains a popular attraction not only for tourists but also for locals.