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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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  • I went to the 7:30 mass on Sunday and this church is beautiful !!!! So breath taking and the architectural design is amazing , you have to go there and see for yourself you won't be let down  more »
  • Beautiful huge, old church right across from Washington Square Park in North Beach. Lovely stained glass windows. Very peaceful inside with old fashioned confessionals and real candles for tributes. Y...  more »
  • It is located in the neighborhood of North Beach front of Washington Square and is the largest in San Francisco, wonderful architecture, Catholic Church frequented by the Italian community. We loved the interior, especially mosaics and a painting of Jesus Christ at the main altar.
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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.

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