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Union Square, San Francisco

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Surrounded by a busy retail district, Union Square offers a park-like reprieve. Signature palm trees mark the four corner entrances. Built in 1850, this public plaza was named after pro-Union rallies held there during the Civil War. As part of a major redesign in the early 2000s, the city installed four light sculptures by R.M. Fischer. In contrast to this modern art on the south side, the Dewey Monument, named after a Spanish-American War hero, has stood in the center since a 1903 renovation. You can score half-price theater tickets at the square's ticketing pavilion or relax at its open-air cafe. "Union Square" also refers to the area around the square, which is packed with department stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants, and theaters. Put Union Square into our San Francisco tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Francisco.
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  • Beautiful place offers a wide variety of shops. Right next to it is a stop of the cable car. For Apple fans, there's a big APPLE Store.
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  • Even if San Francisco doesn't have a true Center, Union Square is certainly the main square. Located next to the steep Powell St., crossed by cable cars. It's a square big enough, with the green at the Center (during our visit there was construction in progress), overlooked hotels, Department stores and shops of the major global brands, many of Italian fashion. Here are the main lines of double-decker tour buses. A central column commemorates the capture of Manila by the Americans during the Spanish-American war of 1908. Nice inside the Department store located on the corner of the square.
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  • Done, but it was a pleasant urban square construction. There is also no more greatly than the 1500s to stay and if you think I'm going to be. Hearts symbols in front of a photo of a sheet is required!
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