Two symbols of SF : the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz island

Golden Gate bridge

The Golden Gate bridge project was launched at the beginning of the XXth century. At that time, San Francisco had a thriving economy.

Golden Gate bridge view from Twin Peaks

Golden Gate bridge view from Twin Peaks (photo by B. Hervé)

This structure still remains a technical feat due to its ingenuity and all the natural challenges faced up as strong wind and current, seismic zone and thick smog.

Golden Gate bridge

Golden Gate bridge (photo by B. Hervé)

Golden Gate bridge

Golden Gate bridge (photo by B. Hervé)

This island, located in the bay of San Francisco, had many functions, used, at first, as a nesh island for pelicans, then as a fortress and a military prison. However, we all know it under its high security federal prison function, a little bit less for its american indian housing use. Today, Alcatraz island is a highlight of the touristic tour in San Francisco.

Alcatraz island (photo by B. Hervé)

Alcatraz island (photo by B. Hervé)

Alcatraz island

Alcatraz island (photo by B. Hervé)

In 1934, the federal government decided to make of Alcatraz island a model of prison establishement. Its location and the natural conditions surrounding made the island very isolated.

Alcatraz prison entrance

Alcatraz prison entrance (photo by B. Hervé)

A prisoner said one day :  »

Prisoner's quotation

Prisoner’s quotation (photo by B. Hervé)

Running costs increased a lot, ending with the prison closing in 1963.

Cell in Alcatraz prison

Cell in Alcatraz prison (photo by B. hervé)

Alcatraz prison courtyard

Alcatraz prison courtyard (photo by B. hervé)

Nowadays, tourists have a wonderful panoramic view on San Francisco from the Alcatraz prison.

Panoramic view of SF from Alcatraz prison

Panoramic view of SF from Alcatraz prison (photo by B. Hervé)

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