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“Essential local history”
Review of Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores
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Heart of San Francisco Culture: a unique Bike and Food Tour
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Explore The Mission District with Optional Lunch
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$24.00*
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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
Ranked #78 of 546 things to do in San Francisco
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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.
San Francisco, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Essential local history”
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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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“quick walk the oldest buildings of SF”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

it is a quick max 30 minutes long self guided walk with some of the oldest history of SF the tiny museum is sweet and the cemetery quiet. if you need to catch your breath in the Mission district try it :)

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The oldest building in San Francisco - a Spanish mission chapel”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Mission Dolores is a Spanish mission chapel built in 1782 making it the oldest building in San Francisco. It was built using conscripted native Indian labour so the replica native Indian home erected in the centre of the graveyard is a thought provoking indication of the death of the native Indians and their culture as a result of the Spanish founding of the colony. From the outside, Mission Dolores is not overly picturesque but in the inside the chapel is richly decorated. The Mission Dolores is quite an expensive attraction for San Francisco, at $5 for one adult, but I suppose the money is required for the upkeep of the chapel.

Visited March 2013
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Jessup, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“a piece of San Francisco History”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Yes, finding a place to park is annoying. However, it was totally worth it once I found it (with some help from the friendly workers in the shop). They let me and my babies in through their handicapped entrance (on the side of the front doors) and I got my map. I really enjoyed my little self-guided tour. The chapel is so lovely, reminded me of the missions in San Antonio. Very cool (as in, not hot :) and peaceful. The cemetery feels so very old, right there in the middle of the city. I feel like my visit here was definitely very worth my time. The price was right but also I just liked feeling the age of that space. There are also a lot of cool little restaurants nearby for a bite of lunch when you're finished.

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Small piece of Really Old”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Much of the Mission Delores was reconstructed, and the ornate church beside it is not overly beautiful. There is a small treasure hiddeninside, though. An ancient graveyard, undisturbed by time and filled with spirits. This is as old as we get in this part of Northern California.

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