Presidio San Francisco Rotunda Reflection

The elegant rotunda of the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio reflects beautifully on a magical clear day.

Presidio San Francisco Rotunda

The Presidio is a fine place for reflection and relaxation

Fringed by Australian eucalyptus (gum) trees, the lake (replete with elegant swans) reflects the classical domed Roman rotunda with its curved colonnades (called the Palace of Fine Arts) and represents one of the most idyllic and relaxing locations in San Francisco. Initially built as a highlight of San Francisco’s 1915 Exposition to celebrate the city’s recovery from the devastating 1906 earthquake, the palace has been used as a war depot and a setting for Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Left in disrepair, the rotunda was virtually rebuilt more recently.

A relaxing highlight of any San Francisco visit is to walk from the Rotunda through the Presidio (a huge park) along the harbour foreshore towards the iconic Golden Gate Bridge (especially if it isn’t shrouded in fog!) – a return trail of around six kilometres.

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.
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