Ferry Building and a Moorish Minaret


The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries going across the San Francisco Bay. That’s where we caught the ferry to Alcatraz. There are also offices and a food hall.

A. Page Brown designed the building in 1892 and it was completed in 1898. The clock tower is 245 feet tall. I didn’t know this at the time, but Brown modeled it after 12th-century La Giralda in Seville, Spain. Here’s my photo of the Seville landmark that I took on our honeymoon. I thought for sure I’d posted this already, but no.


La Giralda was originally built as a minaret during the Moorish period, and then the Spaniards put on a Spanish Renaissance-style top. The tower is 341 feet (104 m.) high and you can walk up a ramp inside that’s wide enough for someone on horseback! The views up top are lovely. I think I just figured out my next blog post. 🙂

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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14 Responses to Ferry Building and a Moorish Minaret

  1. anroworld says:

    Wonderful, I would like to go up and watch the view from there!

  2. Caroline says:

    How interesting. I love to hear about things like that. And the resemblance is striking.

  3. joshi daniel says:

    loved the first picture 🙂

  4. That is very interesting that it was modeled after the building in Spain. It is nice to know the history! gorgeous pictures too!

  5. I love the modern take on the “classic” version. The addition of the clock in the SF version is charming.

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