Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

A beautiful Catholic church in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The Italian Cathedral of the West.

It was on these steps that Joe DiMaggio stood with Marilyn Monroe for photographs in 1954 after their civil wedding; he was divorced from another woman, had not had that marriage annulled, and therefore could not be married in the church again.

Let’s step inside and see what Marilyn missed out on.

Masses are held in English, Italian, and Mandarin at various times of the day on Sunday. The church is in the Italian neighborhood of North Beach that borders on Chinatown.


About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. I am a retired nurse case manager. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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10 Responses to Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

  1. Madhu says:

    Lovely church! The statue of the angel with the shell shaped bowl is beautiful!


  2. SKEdaddle says:

    Wow, gorgeous. i’ll have to make it up there to see that church. I love the angel and the arches with the light fixtures.


  3. jeanne says:



  4. Very interesting building…..very strong Italian influence.


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