Located in the Marina district of the city, this mind striking edifice was built for the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in 1915. Since then, the original pieces remaining in the Palace are just a few in numbers. The reconstruction of the beautiful building took place about 50 years later, in 1965, accompanied by the renovation of walkways, lagoons and a seismic retrofit. The Palace of Fine Arts finally got its existing identity by the year 2009.
The major purpose fulfilled by the Palace of Fine Arts is its hosting of remarkable exhibitions related to the arts. Millions of tourists from across the globe visit this water facing Palace annually. Hence, it's not a center of attraction merely to the locals but all tourists love visiting here and taking photographs. It's the best place to take pictures for newlyweds and honeymoon couples in its open spaces and beautiful architecture.
The chief architect behind this beautiful creation was Bernard Maybeck who based his ideas on Greek and Roman designs. It primarily surrounds a lagoon (artificially created). Taking the very first look at the Palace you will notice it comprises a rotunda that surrounds about a 340 meters wide pergola. The design of the Palace being surrounded by an artificial lagoon was based on the inspiration taken from European designs where the huge edifices are reflected on the mirror surface of water providing more added beauty to the entire structure. You will probably never see anything more appealing once you see the reflection of the Palace on the water. That view and your family photo or group picture in front of the Palace will be a memory you'll cherish forever.
Having said that, we must not forget one more feature of the Palace of Fine Arts and that is its underside. There exists an exhilarating dome for you to explore. The great dome of the Palace Rotunda consists of eight large insets. Each of them demonstrates a unique feature that reflects a different story for you to learn. The first four provide philosophies regarding the birth and procreation of art and the remaining four are based on the ‘California golds’; that is to say; wheat, real gold, citrus fruits and poppies.