I was at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and just stepped out of the park to take a photo of Fulton Street looking east. Here you see the Muni Metro system and in the distance on the hill is Saint Ignatius Church. Below is information on both I got from Wikipedia. Have a great weekend everyone!!..........................Buddy
Muni Metro is a premetro system serving San Francisco, California, operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), a division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). With an average weekday ridership of 162,400 passengers, Muni Metro is the second-busiest light rail system in the United States.
Muni Metro is the modern incarnation of the traditional streetcar system that had served San Francisco since the late 19th century. While many streetcar lines in other cities and San Francisco itself were converted to buses after World War II, five lines survived until the 1970s, when the streetcar lines were converted to light rail during the opening of the Market Street Subway in 1980. Recently, the system had undergone expansion, most notably the Third Street Light Rail Project, completed in 2007, which started the first new rail line in San Francisco in over half a century. Other projects, such as the Central Subway, are underway.
The system consists of 71.5 miles (115.1 km) of standard gauge track, seven light rail lines (six regular lines and one peak-hour line), three tunnels, nine subway stations, twenty-four surface stations, and eighty-seven surface stops. Muni Metro utilizes a fleet of 151 light rail vehicles (LRV) made by Breda.
Saint Ignatius Church
Saint Ignatius Church is a church on the campus of the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California, USA. The church serves a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and is the university's chapel. Saint Ignatius Church is staffed by priests of the Society of Jesus and is dedicated to the Society's founder, Ignatius of Loyola.
The present Saint Ignatius Church is the fifth such church to be built in San Francisco. Its history runs parallel to that of USF: the very first Saint Ignatius was built in 1855 as a small wood-frame church beside a schoolhouse that became Saint Ignatius Academy, USF's predecessor. The Market Street location was later rebuilt as a larger brick church which attracted many of San Francisco's Catholics away from established parishes. This led to a dispute between Saint Ignatius' first pastor, Father Anthony Maraschi, S.J. and Archbishop Joseph Alemany which resulted in the archdiocese stripping Saint Ignatius of its parish status in 1863.
The third Saint Ignatius Church was built, along with Saint Ignatius College, in 1880. The church and college moved from Market Street to the corner of Hayes Street and Van Ness Avenue, on a site now occupied by the Davies Symphony Hall. Compared to the first two churches, the third church could accommodate 4,000 worshippers and was arguably the grandest. However, the third church and college only lasted 25 years as both were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire.
After the earthquake and fire, the college was hastily re-built on Hayes Street, a few miles west of old Van Ness Avenue site. A rambling wooden structure, the high school portion of the new complex was known as "The Shirt Factory" and the buildings would stay there for some two decades. However, the church itself was eventually re-built in 1912 two blocks north on Fulton Street at the corner of Parker Ave., and the fifth Saint Ignatius Church was dedicated in 1914. It has continued to serve as the university's chapel, and in 1994, the Archdiocese of San Francisco reinstated Saint Ignatius' status as a parish, serving the surrounding neighborhood.
The present church's architecture is a mix of Italian Renaissance and Baroque elements, and its floorplan follows that of ancient Roman basilicas. Though Saint Ignatius Church survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake unscathed, it was recently renovated and seismically reinforced. One of the city's largest churches, its location on a hilltop as well as its twin spires and dome makes it a prominent San Francisco landmark.
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golus (2893) 2012-05-04 12:15
I've been to NewYork area several times but never have the chance to see California. In fact, San Fransisco is one of the places that I'd most liked to see. Here you've presented a lovely view of this beautiful metropol in a striking composition. I liked the spider web effect of the overhead lines and the imposing view of the Saint Ignatius Church overlooking the Fulton Street. The colors, sharpness an clarity are all excellent. A great work, thanks for sharing. Best wishes,
paololg (31448) 2012-05-04 12:47
Ciao dear Buddy,
pleasant and attractive image of San Francisco, with the typical uphill roads and the electric wires for the light rail, that have replaced the characteristic old trams. A nice photo with a good depth that leads the eye up to the church. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a fantastic weekend!
Sonata11 (33426) 2012-05-04 22:00
Awesome captured of wonderful street of San Francisco. The scenery of busy daily life, beautiful architectuire of this place is fabulous with splendid colors, sharpness, perfect contrast, clarity, great POV and DOF too. Wonderfully executed. Thanks for sharing and informative note.
All the best and have a wonderful WE,
Gigidusud (17353) 2012-05-04 23:58
Beautiful street scene with nice architecture in BG.I like S.Francisco picture!
Have a nice WE.
Your french friend,ghislaine.
SWEETFREEDOM (23086) 2012-05-05 0:39
an interesting p.o.v., nice houses facades and church. good colors and light.
ikeharel (60521) 2012-05-05 4:23
Those electric-cars wires are part of the town scenery, so it doe's make sense to post a photo with it.
Fine colors and depth, just a bit of "noise", especially on sky sapce's. that's can easily be corrected.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Miguel82 (25569) 2012-05-05 5:54
A superb view of this crowded street of San Francisco
Excellent sharpness and fine colors
macjake (59006) 2012-05-05 14:04
I remember this photo in the new posted page.
And the memories can flooding back to me right away as i was in SF last year.
Some people are NOT fans of the cable wires or telephone wires...i like it.
it adds realism and shows the true atmosphere of the area. these cable wires are there for a reason!
great inner city shot with the architecture in the bg.
Cricri (109843) 2012-05-06 3:23
On voit très bien ces routes montantes typiques de San Francisco, un effet graphique des fils électriques, le haut de l'église a l'architecture intéressante, certes beaucoup de trafic, normal en pleine ville, belle réalisation
aliabazari (16050) 2012-05-06 4:51
Sorry I'm late with the greeting.
Recorded a very beautiful view. Very beautiful composition. Well done.
sacavem (18614) 2012-05-27 11:07
Excellent composition, very nice colours, and sharpness.
Cumprimentos desde Portugal,o outro lado do atlântico.