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Union Square


Union Square in San Francisco is one of the largest shopping districts in the United States and one of the city's most visited attractions. It had over 2.5 acres of shops, hotels, restaurants and theaters around the historic Union Square. The plaza got its name from the many pro-Union rallies that took place there prior to the Civil War.

Union Square was built and dedicated as a public space by San Francisco's first America mayor, John Geary in 1850. He envisioned the park as a tranquil green space in the midst of a bustling city. Throughout the years, the plaza underwent many renovations and additions such as the building of a 97- feet high statue commemorating the victory of Admiral George Dewey at Manila Bay during the Spanish American war in 1903. Another major change occurred between 1939 and 1941 when a major underground parking lot was built by Timothy Pflueger as the world's first underground parking garage. The last time Union Square underwent renovations was between 2000 and 2002.


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Union Square is seen as the heart of San Francisco and a major entertainment center. Many outdoor concerts and public events are held at the park throughout the year and there is always something interesting going on. This is where the city's annual Christmas tree is lit at the beginning of every holiday season. Also Union Square still remains the site of protests and rallies that take place in San Francisco from time to time.

Union Square is seen as the heart of San Francisco and a major entertainment center. Many outdoor concerts and public events are held at the park throughout the year and there is always something interesting going on. This is where the city's annual Christmas tree is lit at the beginning of every holiday season. Also Union Square still remains the site of protests and rallies that take place in San Francisco from time to time.

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If you're into fabulous art, Union Square is the perfect place to be. Here you will find over 30 galleries with amazing art on display. Also the plaza is right next to the San Francisco theater district which houses the Geary and Curran Theaters where you catch various shows, plays and performances.The park is also the perfect place to admire some public art and sculptures which can be found on display and are auctioned off every year.


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Some of the city's most historic hotels are also located in Union Square and feature stunning architecture and design such as the Sir Frances Drake Hotel and the St. Francis Hotel.While in Union Square, you should also visit the historic Maiden Lane, which used to be a brothel site, but is now a charming street with many outdoor cafes, bistros, and boutiques.

You can get to Union Square, by taking the famous San Francisco cable cars on the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason routes. Since cable cars can only travel in one direction, you can make like the tourists and watch as the cable cars turn around at the Powell and market Street Turnaround.


Union Square is bound by Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton streets.


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