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Mission Dolores

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Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: 415 621 8203
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Description: The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles...
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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Original San Franncisco

I love everything about the old Spanish mission, the history, the architecture, the stroll through the grounds. I've visited almost every mission still standing and this one has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I love everything about the old Spanish mission, the history, the architecture, the stroll through the grounds. I've visited almost every mission still standing and this one has the most romance. Don't miss the cemetary

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SF Bay Area
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I spent a good couple of hours viewing the old mission church, the basilica, the little museum and the cemetary. It really is a fascinating peek back in time ... especially the old cemetary. Since I was on my own, I didn't have anyone to hurry me along and I took my time. The mission church itself is beautiful and... More 

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Poland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

San Francisco basically started here. There is a small and larger church available for visit with beautiful ornament which are worth a closer look. At the end one can see a cemetery with people from 18th and 19th century buried there (there is a list of their names, so you might find your ancestors there).

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Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

There are only 2 graveyards in San Francisco, 1 here the other in the Predidio. A fee to tour, 2 churches side by side, old and newer. Found easy parking, not weekend. Pictures are allowed. Tour map gives good info.

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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I love history. I have visited many missions up and down the state. I had never been to mission Dolores until we had family visit from Spain a few years ago. They were interested in learning about Colonial Spanish architecture so we took them here. Considering it has withstood all of the earthquakes and fires is a testament to the... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We were trying to get to as many missions as we could and this one was on our way home from Sonoma. It is a small mission and there really isn't much to see. There is a small garden area with some tombstones, but compared to some of the others, this one isn't on my list of the best. It... More 

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Delmar, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited this lovely building and garden/cemetery when in San Francisco in May. It is very peaceful and well worth time time to seek it out. Amazing that this is in a relatively busy city but once inside its walls the solitude and peace that a Church can bring was tangible. Particularly lovely was the garden and cemetery. Should be... More 

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Mico, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is one of the oldest missions in California and it is absolutely lovely! There is the main Mission building, a Basilica, a tiny, garden-cemetery and a small gift shop. It's worth the time and effort to see this place, it's very peaceful and beautiful!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This mission was accessible from one of the main bus lines. You will want to be sure to check the hours of operation and plan carefully. Since we were relying on public transit we got to the mission at 4pm and it would have been closed had it not been for the organ concert that evening. Stephen Boniface played a... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It was a pleasure to visit the oldest building in San Francisco, founded in 1776, amazingly the Mission survived the earthquake of 1906 but not so the adjoining parish church. The settlement was named after St Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan Order. Because the Mission does not receive any public funding it relies on the generosity of... More 

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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 neighborhood 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 locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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