Washington Square
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Washington Square

In San Francisco - where the cover photo of TFA was taken.

Church of Saints Peter and Paul

The ornate Romanesque Saints Peter and Paul Church on Washington Square was designed by Charles Fantoni after the 1906 earthquake and fire, it is sometimes referred to as the "Italian Cathedral". Although started in 1912, it took nearly 12 years to complete and was dedicated March 30, 1924.

Run by the Salesian Order of St. John Bosco, the patron saint of youth, the church has always been active in promoting youth activities.

Its columns, arches, statues, and domes form a triangle with a sculptured reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper at the center.

Outside across the church front is a mosaic quotation from Dante's Paradiso which translates as "The Glory of the All-Mover penetrates through the Universe."


San Francisco Washington Square Virtual Tour(external link)

Washington Square: A Little Piece of Heaven(external link)

Anything but Square: North Beach park an oasis through 150 years of change(external link)