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“beautiful chapel - oldest building in san francsco and basilica next door” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores
3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114 (Mission District)
415 621 8203
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Ranked #81 of 721 things to do in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles and timbers lashed together with rawhide and hand-carved altars.
Ruislip, United Kingdom
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“beautiful chapel - oldest building in san francsco and basilica next door”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

this is a beautiful adobe chapel, apparently oldest in san Francisco , survived all the earthquakes ! very serene place to visit. very interesting to read about the first Spanish missionary and all the indians. if you are in the mission area don't miss this area on Dolores street. this district is about an hours walk from union square - straight down market street - good market area half way down too.

Visited May 2013
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“Worth a 15 minute visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

It's not the most interesting of the California missions for a visit. The large basilica is actually rather boring, a typical large but non-descript Roman Catholic church built in the 20th century. The mission chapel is lovely and quaint but again there are better examples if someone is looking for a mission experience. Still for a few dollars admission it's a nice diversion if you happen to be in the neighborhood. I think they include the big church as part of the "tour" to satisfy the curiosity of those who want to know what's inside it (the answer: nothing interesting), and to make the tour seem longer than it is.

Visited May 2013
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“Magnificent Mission and Basilica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

It takes a bit more commitment to reach Mission Dolores via BART than it does some other city attractions, but it’s worth the effort. All the old adobe buildings are extraordinarily beautiful – both inside and out. Entry is $5. History and Faith breathe here. The Mission itself is the more intimate and historical space. Without a guide, its iconography is mystifying. Its crucifix and altar are evocative. The far larger Basilica is more conducive to devotions, worship, and prayer. Along its walls, stained glass windows commemorate the founding of California’s many Spanish missions; several also depict Fr. Junipero Serra. One exit leads to an enclosed cemetery. Its memorials and monuments reward study. There’s a small gift shop on the way back out to the street. This site is on tour bus routes, so crowds are always possible. Compared to other parts of town, the area’s streets have rough edges, so be sure of where you’re going next before you leave the Mission.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, CA
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“Quietly watched San Francisco grow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Mission Delores has been there from the beginning in one form or another. It is only one of three graveyards left in the city of San Francisco and it is a quiet oasis in the middle of the busy Mission district. Take time to read up on it's history to truly appreciate it.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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“Essential local history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This lovely old Mission and grounds still gives visitors a sense of early settlement in California. Part of its fascinating diversity is that it is still an active center for religious activities in the Mission district.

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