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Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

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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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  • Only able to look at the exterior of this wonderful Church as a Wedding was about to start.It is a glorious building and in a lovely part of San Francisco.  more »
  • Worth a visit if you're in Little Italy, purely because of the oddity of its address. I found out that Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe had their wedding photos taken on the steps of this church (altho...  more »
  • This is how early San Franciscans lived. They built glorious edifices and honored God. They loved beauty. They donated out of their working class household budgets. See what penny campaigns can do. Th...  more »
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  • This is a seriously beautiful church. If you go at the right time you can go inside and see it's true inner beauty. It is very quiet inside so if you have small kids or kids who don't sit still I'd recommend visiting from the outside. Washington square is across the street and offers lots of grass for picnics and pictures.
  • Beautiful building... you can appreciate the amazingly done architecture even if you're not Catholic
  • Beautiful church next to Washington square. Very old and peaceful with an amazing pipe organ.
  • It was the summer of the economic collapse that led to the great recession. An eye-talian lady with huge hair gave me a deli sandwich, half an apple and a handful of coffee flavored saltwater taffy in a brown paper bag to eat in the park. The ironically illuminated postcards in the gift shop read "Don Bosco is OK". I thought about communion.
  • Nice building! Great backdrop for the park in front of it.