Monday, March 2, 2015

The Heart of San Francisco:Union Square Plaza


Union Square Plaza is what people call ceremonial heart of San Francisco. It has been a public park since 1850. It received its name from the pro-Union rallies during the Civil War. I have blogged about walking around the area with all its high-end shops but never the plaza.

There are four entrances to the Plaza and they all have  the big "Heroes and Hearts" there (I could only take pics of three because one entrance was closed because of construction):




At the center of the plaza is the Dewey Memorial. It was erected by the citizens of San Francisco in honor of Commodore George Dewey's victory over the Spanish in the Spanish-American War. It was completed in 1903:


The plaza is a place to relax and enjoy:













It is also used for many events such as the City Christmas and Rink. The day I was there, the Red Umbrellas Open Air Art Exhibit was going on:





Union Square Plaza is a gem in the city and it has many great uses, I love walking through it.

94 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun place to go especially when the red umbrella exhibit is going on.

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  2. Hari OM
    What a delightful series showing off wonderful spaces and architecture... i do like the ones with the red of lanterns and 'brollies'.... YAM xx

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  3. Nice pictures, love art and how some artists express themselves in a peculiar way.

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    1. I love art also and the way people do things.

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  4. Lovely photos I would love to visit San Francisco, New York and Chicago :-)

    Have a tanfabulous week :-)

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  5. the heart w/ Yoda is strange?

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  6. Cool shots - so glad you stopped by to share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-official-im-sick-of-winter.html

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  7. Beautiful pictures. Thank you, I got to explore San Francickoon.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots!

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    1. You are welcome. That puts a smile on my face.

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  9. Fun! So glad you got to go! Thanks for linking up at NanaHood.com Do come back!

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  10. Neat series of images. Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/03/its-official-im-sick-of-winter.html

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  11. Really amazing place to visit. Love those painting in the street!

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  12. I like those robot sculptures a whole lot! How cool!

    http://theapels.blogspot.com/2015/03/ww-lego-club-linky.html

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  13. Thanks for sharing so much of the cultural of San Francisco.

    The last time I was there I went to Phantom of the Opera and drove down Lombardi street, many moons ago.

    Have a great week, Karren

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    1. That sounds like a fun trip. You are welcome.

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  14. I've never been to CA. I would love to visit San Fran. Great shots!

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  15. Lovely heart sculptures! I had to google to learn more about them, and was excited to see several different ones from all over the city. I haven't been since middle school.

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  16. What a lovely place! Thanks for sharing this post with us at Together on Tuesdays!

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  17. Great post -- makes me feel like I took a vacation there! Linked up with you at Wordless Wednesday & I'm your newest follower! Hope you'll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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    1. That put a huge smile on my face. Thank You Very much. I will stop by.

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  18. I left my heart in San Francisco. I was there when I just turned 14 to see my big brother off. He was in the Navy on a supply ship in the Viet Nam war. Great photos here! Thanks so much for sharing and stopping by.

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    1. You are welcome. You need to come back.

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  19. very nice. It's been years since I've been to San Fran. Thanks for sharing with us your pictures.
    Thank you for tossing your hat into the ring at the Party Under The Big Top! I hope to see you again next week!
    #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. Thanks. You need to come back to SF and you are so welcome.

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  20. Awesome street art collection to get on camera. Sculptures and paintings aplenty.

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  21. It looks you had a beautiful day for your photo shot of Union Square. What an interesting place to stroll and soak up the diversity ~ the architecture, the landscape, people, sculptures, and paintings. Seeing all of this reminded me that next month Knoxville hosts its annual Dogwood Arts Festival and how much fun it would be, if we went just so I can get some cool street shots such as this!

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    1. Wow, thanks. I am looking forward to seeing that. It is a interesting place.

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  22. So our oldest will be moving here in a few months to attend University. The hubs and teen were there several weekends ago to check out everything and I called them from Chicago to go to Union Plaza. Friday night BIG MISTAKE.... Poppas, trapped in major traffic, boy did I get it from them. They love and we love the city. Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots.... and information about the Plaza. Visiting from Under The Big Top....

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    1. You are welcome. There is a lot of traffic in the Bay.

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  23. Very nice. We were in the same neighborhood for our WW this week. Mine was over at Embarcadero plaza. (Then again, I live in SF so most of mine are from here.)

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    1. I work in SF. Justin Herman is a great place.

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  24. Lovely pix :)

    Glad you had fun while touring sfo

    Welcome aboard Abracabadra Patrick and pleasure to have you with us with your precious and enthusiastic clicks.

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    1. Well, thanks. I work in SFO, so I am there a lot.

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  25. Lovely pictures, love the art work :)

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  26. Stunning pictures and oh MY am I craving some sun!
    http://www.howtosurvivelifeinthesuburbs.com/2015/03/love-has-no-limits-ww.html

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    1. We have too much sun and will give you some.

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  27. what a great space!! I love places like this. My hometown has an open air market area every weekend, and it used to be one of the highlights of the week to go wander on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Those hearts are so beautiful.

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    1. It is a great space. Would like to see your open air space.

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  28. Nice pictures! I have only been to Frisco a few times. The only time I've ever really seen the place was when I was about 10. It was nice back in the 70s.

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  29. I haven't been to San Francisco for a few years, but I don't remember the hearts.

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    1. They have been popping up all over the City.

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  30. Lovely shots - those hearts looks beautiful!

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  31. Union Square Plaza looks awesome. I would love to walk through there and see all the interesting things to see. I love the art. I can't wait to visit San Francisco someday. Now I know at least one place i'd like to see there. I really appreciate you sharing this with TGI Saturdays. Blessings to you.

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    1. You are welcome. Union Square has a lot to do. It is where the cable cars turn around and many stores and shops.

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  32. Thank you for the walk through Union Square! I'm surprised the Dewey Memorial has withstood numerous earthquakes.

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  33. Thanks for visiting 1camera1mom! It's fun to see all the art, sculptures and statue. It certainly does look like a place to relax and enjoy. I hope you have a joy-filled weekend!

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    1. Thanks. It is fun and I hope you have a great weekend as well.

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  34. Great shots, if you can add our badge or link back that would be great, thanks

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  35. Hienot monipuoliset kuvat Plazalta. Nice pictures;)

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  36. I just LOVE the "Heroes and Hearts" so very much and am thankful you introduced me to them awhile back. It's great to see them in use at the entrance of the plaza. I love San Francisco but haven't had a chance to visit there in many years unfortunately. I'm hoping to change that in the near future and when I do come back to visit I plan on stopping by the plaza to see it in person. Your pictures have inspired me to do so... Thank you for inspiring me!

    Also a great big thank you for linking up with us at Party Under the Big Top! I’m glad you were able to make it over to the #BigTopBlogParty this week! Hope to see you again at the next Party Under the Big Top! As a reminder, we go LIVE every Tuesday morning at midnight EST!


    Wishing you a fabulous week!


    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. You are welcome. The big hearts are over the place. You need to come and visit. If you need a tour guide.

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  37. I would love to go there. One day maybe!

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  38. Beautiful photos! I think we've been there before. I lived out in Sacramento for a couple of years and we used to visit San Francisco.

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  39. Thanks for the mini vacation! And thanks so much for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop.

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  40. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  41. Thanks for linking up to Share A Smile. The new linky is now live if you have any more smiles to share. x

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  42. I always enjoy a visit to Union Square Plaza when we are in San Francisco (as we were this weekend). It was lovely to learn more about its history. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop Link party. Pinned!

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    1. Glad you enjoy S.F. and you are so welcome.

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  43. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

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  44. These are some beautiful captures from the city.Thanks for sharing last week with link up at my blog.New linky is open.Please join this week too.

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  45. I've never been to San Francisco. :( Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Be sure to stop by again this week...the party is going on now!

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    1. You need to come out. You are so welcome.

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