Fodor's Expert Review Old St. Mary's Cathedral
Dedicated in 1854, this served as the city's Catholic cathedral until 1891. The verse below the massive clock face beseeched naughty Barbary Coast boys: "Son, observe the time and fly from evil." Across the street from the church in St. Mary's Square, a statue of Sun Yat-sen towers over the site of the Chinese leader's favorite reading spot during his years in San Francisco. A surprisingly peaceful spot, St. Mary's Square also has a couple of small, well-kept playgrounds, perfect for a break from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown.