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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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Old California Treasure ...

Hard to imagine that an old Spanish mission here was the foundation of what would become San Francisco. Harder still to fathom is that this was in 1776 when lots was going on at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B L
Los Angeles, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to imagine that an old Spanish mission here was the foundation of what would become San Francisco. Harder still to fathom is that this was in 1776 when lots was going on at the newly civilized east coast. A treasure to see, enjoy and to learn more about Spanish colonial California! ...

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saturday vigil mass is at 5 pm in the Mission church. It's impressive to imagine Mass being celebrated here since 1776. Inside the church is colorful, with plenty of statutes of saints to look at. The Basilica church next door is beautiful.

Thank CyberDawg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Went for Mass on a Sunday morning, lovely enthusiastic priest. Not many parishioners joined in with the singing which was a shame, beautiful hymns. Nobody welcomed me afterwards though.

Thank veggieLisa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Visiting Mission Dolores is like stepping back in time. The oldest part of the mission is one of the more important historical places to visit when in San Francisco, and is well worth a visit if it is your first time in the city.

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Nova Scotia
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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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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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