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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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Moorpark, CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The parish seems friendly and active. It is a pleasant mission to stroll around. The grounds are well groomed.

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Oxford
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Is this the must-see historical centre of SLO? It somehow felt like a forgotten corner of the town. There's so much of interest here, and with potentially a lovely setting at the city's heart. But the rich heritage of the area is here so constrained by its catholic roots that it's neither wholly enlightening nor able to generate the respect... More

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San Francisco, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
24 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Really interestingly set up with many things collected and shown well. The paintings are particularly interesting, especially one which shows an indian using an "assist" tool to project an arrow

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Seattle
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is a stellar example of the California missions and is obviously well loved by locals. The grounds are beautiful, the museum interesting, and the chapel large & lovely - especially the folksy floral mural inside sprinkled with California birds.

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Nevada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Mission is a one of the many along Camino Real and nice area to visit. It is still an active church, so PLEASE respect it by not taking flash pictures during Mass or disturb the service. The museum is small and gives some insight. The green space and open areas are great for having lunch on a nice sunny... More

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San Jose, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Right in town so convenient. Few things to see there...church and a couple small rooms with displays. Free or donation. The info in the "museum" made it sound like Father Serra was so beneficent....distorted history. Takes about 10 minutes to view all. Was unable to make the tour they offer so that might be worth it to get more insight.... More

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San Jose, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Mission is a must see when going to SLO. I was pleased to see that it's still an active church as well as a museum. The green space and open areas are great for kids and there's lot of interesting history and architecture to learn about.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The priest that they have always gives a good message during his homily. The mission itself is very pretty inside.

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Los Altos, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Right in the middle of town and a nice setting. There could be a lot more information about the area and the history, but since the missions are not part of the california park system there is limited funding and effort to make the visitor education complete.

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Palm Springs
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93 reviews 93 reviews
32 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I'm working my way through visiting all the California missions. This isn't the most impressive one I've seen so far. SLO is beautiful church in the middle of the city. The church is the main attraction as there is very little to see in the surrounding grounds. If you are in town, well worth a visit.

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