San Francisco afforded me so many photos to share I’m joining Sunlit Sunday at My Little Home and Garden today.
Looking up at Saints Peter and Paul church in San Francisco.
This was my second time to see this beautiful church. This time around I hopped off the bus for lunch in North Beach/Little Italy. My bus tour this day was rainy from beginning to end. So I didn’t take as many photos as my visit in 2008.
This Romanesque splendor is often called the Italian Cathedral. Completed in 1924, the church has stone-white towers that are local landmarks. Mass reflects the neighborhood; it’s given in English, Italian, and Chinese. (This is one of the few churches in town where you can hear Mass in Italian.) Following their 1954 City Hall wedding, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio had their wedding photos snapped here. On the first Sunday of October, a Mass followed by a parade to Fisherman’s Wharf celebrates the Blessing of the (Fishing) Fleet. Also in October is the Italian Heritage Parade in North Beach. The country’s oldest Italian celebration, it began in 1869.
The first time I saw Saints Peter and Paul was in December of 2008. Click here to see my full post from my first thorough visit.
12 thoughts on “Sunlit Sunday…”
What a beautiful church! I especially loved that last shot of yours.
Such gorgeous architecture.
Hi Ellen! Oh, it’s VERY pretty! I would like to see it!
Love the architecture!
Lovely church with an interesting history. Glad that you shared it with us.
Beautiful church. A lovely pick for Sunlit Sunday.
Beautiful pictures Ellen! Love the stories you share about the sites you see!
What a beautiful church! I love all the detail! It is lovely to share a bit of your trip!
I love the Romanesque style and the Church of Sts Peter and Paul is very like our local Catholic Church St Michaels’ except ours has only one tower!
An interesting snippet about Marilyn and Joe! A little strange they didn’t get married there!
I love to visit churches and St Petter and Paul is gorgeous. I haven’t been to San Francisco in years. Your post makes me want to go again. Happy Sunlight!
That is a beautiful church, Ellen, and it was interesting to read a bit about its history. Isn’t it nice that Italian traditions are still welcomed and celebrated there.