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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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Oldest Building, Only Cemetery

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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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Brentwood, California
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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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Barrington, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A peaceful reprieve from the city in the middle of the Mission District. We visited after a stroll through the Castro district for a walk through the cemetery and a tour of the chapel. It was a welcome break from the mid-day sun.

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Port Alberni, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is the oldest building in San Francisco and one of the best preserved missions I have seen. It is a very short self guided tour but if you are in the area it is worth looking at.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is step back in history as Mission Dolores is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. A religious settlement established in 1776 and part of it survived the great earthquake. There is also a cemetery nearby.

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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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