Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
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Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the community.
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Claus W
Sacramento, CA453 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The mission is an oasis of soothing atmosphere and relaxation with its light infused garden and bright colors. The architecture seemed to reflect the mild spring weather. The mission features and interesting store and a nice museum with interesting historic artifacts.
Definitely worth a couple of hours.
Written March 28, 2024
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JBRetired
Apple Valley, CA479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Like the other missions this one has its own unique look. This mission features an excellent museum and pretty but smaller garden. The church with its addition is quite large. Be sure to walk out front for another well kept area . If you can go on the 1:15 free tour it’s about 45 minutes and meets on the front steps. We had Maurice who was very informative.
Written October 13, 2023
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Sandra M
Henderson, NV396 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
It was unfortunate that when we were in the area that it was closed due to COVID. We were able to walk around the outside of it and hope to get back some day when we can see the inside. The area around it is very nice & lots of food places.
Written June 14, 2021
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NJCricketer
NJ501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had limited time but wanted to stop and see this Mission. We were late for the 11 am tour so waited for the 1.15 one (with Chuck) and he did an excellent job. One is always competing with the parking meter and have seen the meter maid give tickets so it is always wise to not default. Learned a bit about the mission and its activities.
Written June 20, 2022
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AllieOops69
Tehachapi, CA51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nicely situated, close to many other historical buildings....beautiful church that is still in use. Tour was pleasant and self guided for just a few dollars. Cute little gift shop with pleasant workers
Written February 25, 2020
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We have visited nearly all of the California missions. Today, we were a tad late for the tour, but walked around the grounds. Then we opted to have dinner and went back after dark. Several homeless individuals were sleeping (or in sleeping bags) around the front of the mission. Made me a bit uncomfortable.
Written November 16, 2022
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
It is a Spanish mission founded in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra in San Luis Obispo, California. Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the bishop of Toulouse, the mission is the namesake of San Luis Obispo. It offers tours of the beautiful church, gardens, school and small museum that holds a collection of its artifacts. It is open to the public every day of the year. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this place, when in the area.
Written December 7, 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,042 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were visiting SLO and stopped by the Mission downtown. Gorgeous plaza and architectural building. Highly recommend if you are nearby!
Written March 3, 2020
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Veronica H
Huntington Beach, CA7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
If you are anything like me you may be searching for a mission that your fourth grade kid can use as their own for the 4th grade missions project required for all students in California. With all the big name missions to choose from this little jewel is often overlooked. My son and I spent an hour there taking pictures and gathering information. If you are in search of something less run of the mill; this place may be just right for you.
Written September 12, 2013
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LoriK
Tulare, CA105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were in San Luis Obispo (September 2007) visiting our granddaughter who just started her first year at CalPoly and decided to visit the old Mission. What a beautiful old church! For me, just walking through the sanctuary was a very moving, spiritual experience. One of the loveliest things about the interior is the painted flower vines that decorate the walls.

After touring the grounds and the interior of the Mission, we went into the gift shop and browsed. The woman working in the shop was very helpful and knowledgeable and invited us to walk through the museum which is connected to the gift shop. There is no charge to take the self-guided museum tour, but donations are appreciated. The museum is currently undergoing some expansion and remodeling, but still, what we saw of it was very interesting. History buffs, especially, should enjoy touring the Mission and museum. One could spend hours in the museum with so many aritfacts and information and old photographs of the area.

If you are visiting San Luis Obispo for the first time, a visit to this Mission should definitely be on your list of things to do. Our time there was limited on this trip, so I look forward to returning when we can spend more time enjoying the history of this beautiful old Mission.
Written September 29, 2007
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