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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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Address: 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone Number: 805-781-8220
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Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful...

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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They did a nice job presenting the years of change in the church and the mission. The small tour is self guided and it is very rich in history and heritage. It is still a working... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Truckee, California
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Truckee, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They did a nice job presenting the years of change in the church and the mission. The small tour is self guided and it is very rich in history and heritage. It is still a working church, so make sure your visit doesn't coincide with mass or other celebrations.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this mission on a family mission trip. It is a unique in a L shape. The gardens and outside is beautiful and quaint. We spent about 45 minutes and there was no cost. Parking on the street. The mission was mid sized and in good condition. Museum was one of the better ones we visited. Nice area to walk... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I decided to break my train journey from LA to San Francisco with an overnight stop in San Luis Obispo and decided to visit the Mission while I was there. I was extremely lucky to manage to get there just at the right time to tack onto a local tour of the mission run by a local who was passionate... More 

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to SLO for years, taking my kids to the creek, but this was the first time we went to the mission. Nice, actually I was surprised. There are areas that stucco on the wall are left opened to show the original wall. The grape vines are huge with grapes, the rooms are informative of the time.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You don't need much time here. There is not as much to see as there is at the Mission in Carmel ( which I think is currently under construction) but the mission style buildings are so lovely. The church is gorgeous with wood beams and lovely walls. I think so much of the mission is still in use and therefore,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mission San Luis is cozy, not too large, with an excellent museum. Not only can you learn about all the California missions, but this is the site with a beautiful plaza and river walk in front of the site. Often festivals, music, or programs are provided on the plaza. Restaurants across the creek are just excellent. You can't go wrong... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The mission is still an active place of worship. It also includes a small museum and gift shop. The grounds are very pretty and serene. It's in downtown, next to a creek, shops, restaurants, museums, galleries and public library.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mission was built in 1772 and the museum gives a glimpse of the US before Federation, in the time of the Spanish. Entry is by donation. The church is simple but beautiful and the cloisters nicely kept.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Founded by Father Junipero Serra on September 1, 1772 when California was still a territory of Mexico, this mission has maintained its charm through the centuries. There was a fire in the main sacristy in 1920 and was being restored by 1933. The museum offers a glimpse to the past for the local Indians. What was really exciting is it... More 

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Prangins, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

While travelling up the coast we made a stop at this old Mission Church. It is realy worth visiting, you can even have a guided tour and their museum is worth seeing.

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