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“Beautiful Old Mission, worth looking”
Review of Mission Dolores

Mission Dolores
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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
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Explore The Mission District with Optional Lunch
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$102.00*
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Mission District Culinary Experience with Cocktail Pairing
Ranked #76 of 558 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.
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Mission Dolores is the oldest Mission in the West and has a walking tour you can do in a short period of time. It's history is interesting and the building itself is beautiful and all hand painted by artisans. the area around it isn't bad but smells like urine so there are homeless around but if you walk down 16th street toward Valencia there are many shops and cafes that are interesting.

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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Nice mission in SF. A lot to see although what we could see was a bit limited due to Mass being in progress in the Basilica. The cemetery is a sight in itself as so much history is contained within those walls. Enjoyed seeing and supporting the mission.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We made our way to the Mission Dolores, the oldest surviving structure in the city and part of the original string of missions established by the Spanish in what would be California. It was originally established in October 1776 and the main sanctuary dedicated in 1791. Fortunately, the adobe mission chapel was not damaged in the 1906 earthquake so when one enters the sanctuary, it is striking. The colors of the features, as well as the combination of rustic pews and ornate altar make for required visiting. Next to the old chapel is the Mission Dolores Basilica, designated such by Pope Pius XII. Pope John Paul II visited the basilica in 1987. The outside cemetery includes the final resting place of the first mayor of San Francisco. The church is still active so when planning a visit, this must be kept in mind. It was a pleasure to walk around.

Thank baltoteach
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Great lesson in early CA history. Well-maintained facility. Don't rush through since there are so many precious details to appreciate. The basilica's stained glass windows for each of the CA missions are gorgeous. Check out the mosaics, too. The staff in the gift shop can direct you to other don't-miss places nearby.

Thank Susan O
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Pros: Lots of signs explaining the history of the mission. There are pictures from the earthquake. Also, there is a short history of the Indian Village that was there before the mission.

Cons: Mass made it it hand to see chapel early. We had to walk the tour backwards and as there are no signs on doors when you go backwards, we got yelled at when entering the chapel from apparently the wrong door. More signs would be helpful.

Thank RoapTripper3081
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