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Mission Dolores

3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Castro)
415 621 8203
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Ranked #52 of 376 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Missions, Religious Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Brisbane, Australia
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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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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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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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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Eeeeeeeek!! I was so excited to visit Mission Dolores! I took a Native American studies class and some of our studies had focused on Junípero Serra and the importance of Mission Dolores. So for me, this was a geeky kids dream--to actually see the place where it all happened. The architecture is stunning. The entrance fee is well worth it... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We are Californian's and Catholic, thus visiting missions is right up our alley. There is a $5 fee. You get a little guide for your self guided tour. You can also visit the Cathedral next to the mission. Great time.

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We're planning on visiting all the California Missions and this is the first one we visited. They have preserved as much as they can - the original mission is attached to the church. The cemetery was well kept considering these are from the 19th century.

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