California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco with Moonrise & Sunset over El Cid – Joan of Arc Statues

On the way home from a photo shoot in San Francisco I decided to stop by the Legion of Honor. By chance I was able to photograph the sun setting on the building and statues and the moon rising in the east over the fountain. The Legion of Honor was completed in 1924 and was given to the city of San Francisco by Alma de Bretteville Le Normand Spreckels.

The entrance arch to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor

The entrance arch to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Detail artwork on the underside of the entrance arch

Detail artwork on the underside of the entrance arch

The statue of Joan of Arc that was created by Anna Hyatt Huntington and presented to the city by Archer Huntington

The Bronze statue of Joan of Arc that was created by Anna Hyatt Huntington and was presented to the city by her husband Archer Huntington

The last rays of sunlight pass through the columns of the palace which is a three-quarters scale replica of the Palais de la Légion d

The last rays of sunlight pass through the columns of the palace which is a three-quarters scale replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris

A full moon rises over the parking lights and fountain that grace the Legion of Honor

A full moon rises over the parking lights and fountain that grace the Legion of Honor

The El Cid statue looks out over the San Francisco Bay. The nickname "El Cid" is actually a nickname for the castillan nobleman Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar.

The El Cid statue looks out over the San Francisco Bay. The name “El Cid” is actually a nickname for the castillan nobleman, diplomat, and military leader Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar.

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The fountain in front of the palace that marks the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway - the First road across America

The fountain in front of the palace that marks the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway – the First road across America

HoomanDecember 9, 2009 - 7:50 pm

Wow, these are really nice. Inspiring, to say the least!

JoeDecember 13, 2009 - 3:54 pm

Wonderful photos of a lovely scene.

KennyDecember 15, 2009 - 4:26 pm

Legion of Honor is a classic place to have wedding photos! I love the last photo of the fountain nice detail!

Wedding Venues in LondonDecember 16, 2009 - 12:13 am

Impressive work Keith and, I guess, a great way to wind down after a wedding. We have a similar group of buildings here in London, in and around Hyde Park Corner.
Lloyd

Neil van NiekerkDecember 16, 2009 - 6:10 pm

Keith .. these are wonderful. Elegant compositions and superb post-processing.

Neil vN

Jerry- Chicago PhotographerDecember 25, 2009 - 1:57 pm

These are some great architectural photos here!

Eric LFebruary 16, 2010 - 6:52 pm

Wow, gorgeous photos! Wowzers!

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