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Mission Dolores

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The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles and timbers lashed together with rawhide and hand-carved altars.
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3321 16th St, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114-1712
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was amazed at the number of people who asked me “where is it?” when I told them I went to the mission....Um. In the mission district. Here’s why it’s cool. It was consecrated 9 days before we signed the a Declaration of Independence...AND survived...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an 18th century Catholic chapel with a vividly painted wooden ceiling. It is the oldest standing building in San Francisco and has one of only two remaining cemeteries in the city. Just down the road, is Dolores Park

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 135Mayur
Reviewed 14 October 2018

This church is worth doing a tour , the staff are very friendly and explain the origins of the church then you can wonder around at your own leisure, you enter into a small chapel then go on the see the whole grounds , there...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rodneym130
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Very nice Church and great history in their facilities, the Mission and the old church. The San Francisco de Asís Mission, also known by Mission Dolores, was founded on October 1776, by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Franciscan Father Francisco Palóu.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Miguelvaldez
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

I was at the mission park and had some time on my hand so I decided to explore what there was to do around. I'm glad I went to visit Mission Dolores. It's not expensive($7 per adult), fast (less than 1h) and I feel I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Francois B
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

The 19th of the 21 California Missions I visited while on a motorcycle trip was Mission San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores). The Mission was founded on October 9, 1776 as the 6th Spanish Mission and is the oldest structure in San Francisco. Next to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timdI3110WX
Reviewed 9 September 2018

While the original mission church with the museum shop and very interesrpting graveyard are adjacent to the Basilica, they are separate structures easily toured together. In fact, I mistakenly just reviewed the Basilica as the Mission. Both are interesting in their own way. The self...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

The original mission church from which the city takes its name, this is an interesting church that was one of the string the Spanish priests established from Baja to Sonoma, each a day’s ride apart. Even more interesting than the Church was, for me, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wayne-Librarian
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Visited this Mission on my quest to visit all 21 California Missions. On this trip visited San Francisco, San Rafael, and my 21st Mission and the 21st constructed, Sonoma. The Mission in next door to the Mission Dolores Basilica, also a very beautiful church. I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dionges1
Reviewed 1 September 2018

After the Native American, but before the gold rush the Spaniards came to settle the area with catholic missionary work. One of 21 missions in California, this is a nice place to absorb the history, gardens, and rest your feet from trekking this lovely city.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the
foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural
attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous
street murals and a high density of bars and cafes
make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people.
While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its
top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the
city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the
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27 March 2017|
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Response from egchora | Reviewed this property |
No, there are no audio or docent tours available. It is a self guided tour but they do provide an informational pamphlet. There are also signs posted at each station that you can read for a more in depth visit.
8 March 2016|
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Response from CyberDawg | Reviewed this property |
We're Catholic. We went to mass. It was close to where we were staying in the mission.
29 November 2015|
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Response from nwaynesworld | Reviewed this property |
No need for an organized your. Use the public transit to get to the church and enjoy on your own.