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Mission Dolores

3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Castro)
415 621 8203
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Ranked #50 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Missions, Religious Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Savannah, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Beautiful and worth the admission fee. We stumbled upon the mission while eating at the monks kettle restraunt down the street. Just be aware that there are many homeless on the street. We did have a guy walk by in shoes, socks and a very see through nylon sock in front :o.

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Nevada City, California
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16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We took the grandkids here so they could see the oldest building in San Francisco, and get a bit of a sense of the history of the founding of SF. There is a $5. admission fee for adults and $3. for kids. The cost is a bit high for just seeing the mission building itself (which is only one room),... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stopped here to see the oldest building in San Francisco. Loved the simplicity of it and the calm about the church building. The actual mission was fascinating, the basilica next door beautiful and the cemetery interesting to walk through. Take time out of your schedule to see this if you are in the area.

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Pretty typical CA mission. Beautiful sanctuary and stain glass. Street parking can be a little tough, but not impossible.

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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118 reviews 118 reviews
50 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Eeeeeeeek!! I was so excited to visit Mission Dolores! I took a Native American studies class and some of our studies had focused on Junípero Serra and the importance of Mission Dolores. So for me, this was a geeky kids dream--to actually see the place where it all happened. The architecture is stunning. The entrance fee is well worth it... More

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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We are Californian's and Catholic, thus visiting missions is right up our alley. There is a $5 fee. You get a little guide for your self guided tour. You can also visit the Cathedral next to the mission. Great time.

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Sacramento, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We're planning on visiting all the California Missions and this is the first one we visited. They have preserved as much as they can - the original mission is attached to the church. The cemetery was well kept considering these are from the 19th century.

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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Visited Mission Delores in early March 2014. Was in awe of how beautiful it was. Very detailed stain glass windows as well as the altar. The garden is spectacular as well. Quaint gift shop at end of tour. If you have time, pay the Mission Delores a call.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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126 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Mission is quite some distance from downtown but unlike the rest of San Francisco has a real historic feel and apparently ranks surprisingly high in the city's most visited sights. Both it and the much newer larger Basilica next door have a very Spanish Colonial feel and look. The Mission was founded in the early 1700's a long long... More

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London, United Kingdom
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Contemplate that this, and it's Sister Missions, down the California Coast, established Christianity in the early days of the White (in this case Spanish) men's subjugation of the Native Americans. You can love it, or hate it, but the facts are indisputable. Take the tram over to the Mission District.

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