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Grace Cathedral, California Academy of Sciences, Ferry Building, Fairmont Hotel, and Coit Tower are the next landmarks in the review. Just like in the beginning of the review, we have prepared a collection of historic facts and some awesome photographs for each of these top architecture monuments of San Francisco. Don’t forget to admire the look of these sights from a bird’s eye view. This view is available in the flyover video of the architectural skyline of San Francisco. After such a guide, it won’t be a hassle to make up a great plan of a real-life excursion tour in San Francisco. Ready, steady, go!

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

» The Grace Cathedral was built after the earthquake and fire in 1906. Its construction lasted for 54 years.
» During construction of the church architects used all known methods for seismic resistance for it. Architects had to avoid sculptures and reliefs to decorate the facade, as they could fall in case of an earthquake.
» Interior of the Gothic Cathedral is decorated with the set of colored glasses of blue, red and yellow colors. The cathedral also features a mural depicting the history of the city and the life of Francis of Assisi that is the patron saint of San Francisco.
» Doors made of bronze represent an exact copy of the Gates of Paradise in the San Giovanni Cathedral in Florence.
» The Grace Cathedral regularly hosts concerts of organ music, yoga classes, walking through a maze drawn on the floor of the temple, and runs of a male choir. All this attracts thousands of visitors and tourists annually.

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

» The California Academy of Sciences is the scientific organization, whose purpose is the systematic study of nature and collection development. It acts as a large natural history museum in Golden Gate Park.
» The Academy has one of the world's largest collection of marine animals, as well as 135,000 mammals and birds (including 96,000 specimens of birds, 28,500 mammals, and 11,000 eggs and nests).
» The California Academy of Sciences has not only scientific, office, administrative and museum departments, but also an aquarium, a planetarium, a scientific archive, a library, a botanical garden, a lecture hall, 3D-cinema, two restaurants, a terrace with a lawn on the roof, an aviary and shops.
» The Academy conducts research in various fields of science, mainly, on anthropology, marine biology, botany, entomology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, theriology, ornithology, as well as other branches of biology.

Ferry Building, San Francisco

» The Ferry Building is one of the most popular San Francisco attractions located on Embarcadero waterfront in the downtown area.
» The original building constructed in 1892 was used as the naval station.
»  Currently, the Ferry Building combines the ferry terminal and a huge shopping mall with numerous shops that sell fresh seafood, meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, sweets and other items.
» The Ferry Building has several restaurants and cafes.
» On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the Ferry Building is used as the largest indoor food market in San Francisco offering the best farm products.

Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

» The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco is the five-star hotel offering luxurious accommodation. It’s located right in the city center.
» There are 591 rooms in the hotel, as well as two restaurants, cafe and a variety of shops.
» The hotel offers a full-service spa, as well as a sports club. Sport shoes are provided to visitors of the sports club.
» Some rooms have scenic views of the city or the bay. Some suites offer panoramic views of Coit Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid and Angel Island.
» The hotel has always been a central location for business meetings of world-class held in the city. In 1945, representatives of 51 countries have participated in the conference, which was signed by the UN Charter.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

» The Coit Tower is the tower of 64 meters, which is located at the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.
» The lookout of the tower offers unique view of the city, so that’s the favorite place for tourists.
» The tower was built in 1933 and became a kind of memorial to Lilly Hitchcock Coit, the eccentric lady who was a volunteer firefighter.
» Besides panorama opening from the building, visitors of Coit Tower can enjoy the murals decorating the inside of the tower.
» Entrance to the tower is free. However, you have to pay to enter the observation deck.
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