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Mission Dolores

Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Castro)
Phone Number: 415 621 8203
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Ranked #36 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles and timbers lashed...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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Delmar, New York
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236 reviews 236 reviews
160 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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246 attraction reviews
341 helpful votes 341 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Take the J line to Church/16th and spend some time here, and try to get an idea how the city started. Five dollars entry fee, but they need it for the upkeep. The cemetary is beautiful. Afterwards, take a walk in the area towards Mission Street.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is the oldest building in San Francisco. It has been well maintained. There grounds contain the mission, the Basilica next door,a diorama, a small museum and a cemetery. There is a small fee. It is very interesting and well worth a stop if you are in the Mission District. If you go, take the MUNI bus. I would avoid... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
59 helpful votes 59 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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9 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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