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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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When the San Francisco - Oakland Bay bridge opened in 1936 it was the world's longest and most expensive bridge. The bridge consists of two separate sections, each 3 km / 10,000 ft long.
Since the late 1960s, when it became world-famous as the heart of the 'Summer of Love', this neighborhood has been associated with the Hippie culture.
Washington Square is the green heart of San Francisco's North Beach district thanks to the park that occupies most of the square. It is overlooked by the Italianesque Sts Peter and Paul Church.
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