San Francisco, CA, USA

Sts. Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco, CA, USA

The area here is called North Beach but no longer has a beach! This is because an inlet of sea once came in between Telegraph and Russian Hills. The area became the heart of San Francisco’s Little Italy in the 1880s and the first Church of St. Peter and St. Paul was founded for the Roman Catholics in 1884. This was destroyed completely in the 1904 earthquake and the new church was relocated to here thereafter.

The new church was, at the time, one of the most ambitious in the City and would not be completed until 1924. It is gifted with two 191 feet spires that are a landmark for this part of the city. This Church is one of the many structures which give San Francisco an overwhelmingly European feel compared to many other US cities and without a doubt the gleaming white façade seen across the tree-lined square certainly recalls the Mediterranean as much as the Pacific.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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