Magna Carta on rare public display in San Francisco

May 9, 2011 7:57:37 PM PDT
One of the most important documents in human history is on rare public display in San Francisco. The Magna Carta is the basis of democracy as we know it.

It is written in Latin, on parchment. It is a declaration that explores the concept of individual liberty and a lot more.

Yes, not everything is of monumental status. Some of it deals with everyday issues.

The Magna Carta was written in 1215 to reign in the monarchy. It is considered one of the world's greatest symbol of freedom and rule of law.

Seventeen copies were written, probably taken from village to village. The one on display at the Legion of Honor is one of four that survives from a 1217 issue. It is usually housed in the University of Oxford Library, where it not usually on display.

The Magna Carta will be on display through June 5.