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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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Mission Dolores

Easy to find. Can be accessed via the street cars. There is a fee charged to access the property. Worth visiting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Easy to find. Can be accessed via the street cars. There is a fee charged to access the property. Worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

This is misnamed Mission Dolores. Dolores is the name of the Basilica! The Old Mission is Mission San Francisco de Asis. The Old Mission was built in 1776. The Dolores Basilica was built beside the Old Mission in 1918.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

The Spanish founded a series of 21 Missions in California to assist in the conversion of native Americans to Christianity and to assist in the local production of artifacts, implements, cloth and agricultural products. This mission, located at the corner of Dolores and 16th Streets, was not particularly good at any of these things due to terrain, climate and illness... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

the newer chuch has beautiful stained glass, the cemetery is not that charming, the older building ok

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Interesting and historical site though not a whole lot to see. Oldest building in the city and the origin of its name, the Mission San Francisco. We enjoyed seeing the original chapel and the newer basilica with its stained glass windows depicting the missions of California. The cemetery is a peaceful place to sit and rest a spell. Small donation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

apart from being the older building and the older church in San Francisco, a moment of prayer in the old church or the newer Basilica will recharge your batteries from the craziness of this frenetic city. It is a quiet and meditative environment, loaded with history and meaning, the little cemetery at the end providing a glimpse of what this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Mission Dolores is truly a site and speaks volumes that the church is still here hundreds of years later. The church is still beautiful but not exactly the most beautiful of the California Missions. The ones in Southern California are much, much nicer! It’s still a part of California History and the History of the US in the larger scheme... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Deep California history here which is a must see even if you don't care for Mission politics. Cemetery with grave of first Governor of Alta California. Fantastic basilica and windows designed by artisan from Munich.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Visiting here will invite you to imagine what it must have been like for Junipero Serra and his priests over 200 years ago. It's a testament to their faith that this mission--and all the others--still survive and can inspire visitors today. When you step out of the busy streets and into the quiet interior of the chapel building, it's not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Have 6 childrenin California schools, it is almost mandatory to do a field trip to at least one of the wonderful missions on Father Junipero Serra's route, south to north, and then your child is supposed to build a copy, (small!), and then what do you do with it? Our youngest made a copy of this mission out of cake,... More 

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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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