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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-781-8220
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Type: Missions
Owner description: Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the... more » Owner description: Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the community. « less
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed visiting the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. It was founded by Father Junipero Serra, with Padre Jose Cavaller and Captain Pedro Fages on September 1, 1772. The De Anza Expedition, whic was the first overland expedition from Mexico to San Francisco, also stopped here. There is a wealth of history regarding this mission. Today it continues to... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful way to spend the day in downtown San Luis Obispo! This beautiful historic Catholic mission, number 5 of the 21 California missions, founded in 1772 by Father Junipero Serra, was sold by Pio Pico in 1845 for FIVE HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS, used as a battalion in the war with Mexico in 1846, was eventually used as... More

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Longport, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a lovely old California Mission Church. It has been well restored. I actually preferred the San Miguel Mission near Paso de Robles for its authenticity and setting. That is a side trip well worth taking. This one is lovely, too, and right in the downtown area. You may need to look for parking unlike San Miguel.

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milpitasca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I have visited almost every mission in CA over the years. This is a nice mission, but can not compare to Carmel or Santa Barbara. But it is nicely decorated inside, maintained grounds with grape covered arbor, and not very busy. Small museum with limited interest.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This beautiful mission was founded in 1772. If you happen to be in area, it is worth a stop. It is well maintained and you will learn some Californian history. There is no fee to get in and they have a small gift shop. The mission closes at around 5pm but you can still visit the grounds which are beautiful.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The architecture and history is wonderful. I wouldn't really go out of my way to see this site, but if you're in the area definitely stop in. They have a "museum" but things are poorly labeled and descriptions are incomplete or unhelpful. We did hear the sound of the bells ringing as we were walking through the town - what... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Mission San Luis Obispo is beautifully maintained. Even if it is closed, the outside of the mission is beautifully manicured and kept, with artifacts clearly labeled. However, if you have a chance to go inside the museum, there are quite a few artifacts on display about the mission years that are absolutely fascinating as well as quite a few things... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My fiance and I came across the Mission while walking around downtown SLO. It was a wonderful find. The church is a beautiful co-cathedral. The grounds are well maintained. They have a main walkway that has grape vines growing on it. I wanted to reach up a pick one because they looked delicious. Beautiful flowers are throughout the grounds. Inside... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My daughter had to write a history report on a California mission and we chose this one since my son will be attending Cal Poly SLO in the fall. We spent the better part of the afternoon going through the mission, looking at books, and taking picture. It was actually very informative and fun.

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Enjoyed walking through the museum and chapel. Very interesting. Have always wanted to visit all the California Missions, but this is only my fourth so far.

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