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Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

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4.4/5 based on 70 reviews on the web
Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Located (somewhat ironically, due to 666 being number of the beast) at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square, San Francisco and is administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It is known as "La cattedrale italiana dell'Ovest," or "The Italian Cathedral of the West," and has served as the home church and cultural center for San Francisco's Italian-American community since its consecration.DescriptionDuring 1926-1927, the church was the target of radical anti-catholic anarchists, who instituted five separate bomb attacks against the building in the space of one year. On March 6, 1927, police shot and killed one man and seriously wounded another, Celsten Eklund, a radical anarchist and local soapbox orator, as the two men attempted to light the fuse of a large dynamite bomb in front of the church. The dead man, known only as 'Ricca', was never fully identified; Eklund died of his wounds some time later without giving any information about his co-conspirators.In recent years, Saints Peter and Paul has also become the home church for the city's Chinese-American Roman Catholic population, offering weekly masses in Italian, Mandarin, and English. Mass in Latin is offered monthly as well.
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  • Located in the neighborhood of North Beach, across from Washington Square plaza, stands this church considered the largest in the city, having been inaugurated in 1824. Trams and collective passed by the place.
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  • Really enjoyed this church. Beautfiu inside and out. the Staff were very nice and personalable. I felt at peace while attending mass, although it was in Italian i really felt very spiritual. One added...  read more »
  • At the foot of Coit Tower, take a little break in this sanctuary. Romanesque style... Three naves, of beautiful stained glass windows. The inevitable Michelangelo Pieta.
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  • Wow a beautiful church I can say, good at architect and lovely mural painting on the ceiling and on the glasses so stunning . The best church to visit in sfo. It's better than grace cathedral.
  • Another one of the beautiful churches in San Francisco. Apparently Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio didn't get married here, but they took wedding photos on the church steps. :D
  • A very nice church service. The building is beautiful inside and out. A mush see if you like to visit old churches.
  • In my opinion this is the prettiest church in San Francisco. It's massive with a beautiful interior and a peaceful mystic atmosphere
  • Splendid building, in front of the Washington Square Park giving you enough room to appreciate it's beauty from afar. The marvel work inside is astonishing! Peaceful and quite if you need some time for reflection and prayer.
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