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San Francisco came to life with the gold rush, caused by the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the 1930s with the construction of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, the city was connected to the bay area, now known for its numerous high-tech companies.
San Francisco has a unique character with very distinct neighbourhoods, like SoMa, Chinatown, Japantown, Castro and Mission district.
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This strikingly modern church was built in 1971 as San Francisco's Roman Catholic cathedral. The 190ft (58m) tall building is topped with a 55ft (17m) tall cross. Inside is a modern kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold.
Plans for this governmental and cultural center of San Francisco were created shortly after the 1906 earthquake and fire had destroyed most of the city's buildings.
San Francisco's largest park was developed in the late 19th century. The beautiful park - one of the best in the country - features several gardens, museums and other attractions.
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