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Saints Peter and Paul Church- San Francisco, CA.
Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.
Located (somewhat ironically) at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square,
San Francisco and is administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It is known as “La cattedrale d’Italia ovest,”
or “The Italian Cathedral of the West.” This building is very unusual in that the parish school is situated atop
the church itself, around its clerestory level and is accessible from stairways under each of its twin towers.
Because of this feature, the church’s upper stained-glass windows are artificially-lit.
The church is prominently featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry (the Church, and nearby Dante Building,
are the scene of sniper attacks by the “Scorpio Killer”) and The Dead Pool.
Scenes from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments were filmed at the church while it was under construction.
I heard a woman tell her companions that, ” Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe here.” However that is not ture. The real story here:
After their civil ceremony in 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio returned for photographs on the steps of this church.
DiMaggio was married to Dorothy Arnold in the church on November 19, 1939, but later civilly divorced.
Still married as far as the Church was concerned (having not obtained an annullment), he could not be married in the Catholic Church.
In a side entrance, Sts. Peter and Paul Church still showcases a photo in a book displaying proudly DiMaggio’s marriage day photo-but with Arnold, not Monroe.
DiMaggio’s funeral was held here on March 11, 1999, officiated by lifelong family friend and confidant, Armand Oliveri, S.D.B.,
who honors DiMaggio’s wishes by politely refusing all interviews or requests to discuss any intimate details of DiMaggio’s life.