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.
Wonderful, I would like to go up and watch the view from there!
The views are pretty awesome. Photos coming soon!
How interesting. I love to hear about things like that. And the resemblance is striking.
It was kind of cool discovering that. There’s also a replica in Kansas City, MO that looks a lot like La Giralda. You can see it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giralda_(Kansas_City)
Amazing. The one in Spain looks older but apart from that they are so similar.
Yes, I was really struck by how much alike they look. Had no idea the one in Kansas City existed.
loved the first picture 🙂
I appreciate that!
That is very interesting that it was modeled after the building in Spain. It is nice to know the history! gorgeous pictures too!
love the pictures!
I love the modern take on the “classic” version. The addition of the clock in the SF version is charming.
I thought so too, Jackie.