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Mission San Francisco Solano

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Address: 114 Spain St. at First St., Spain, Sonoma, CA
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+1 707-938-1519
10:00 - 17:00
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This mission is noted for having been founded under Mexican rule.

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Small but Interesting

The historic Mission is now a State Park located in a corner of the Sonoma Square. The entrance fee was reasonable ($3) and also includes entrance to the barracks and General... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Southold, NY
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Southold, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The historic Mission is now a State Park located in a corner of the Sonoma Square. The entrance fee was reasonable ($3) and also includes entrance to the barracks and General Vallejo's house. The Mission was small and didn't have many exhibits, but it was interesting.

Thank EJW3
Andover, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a modest fee to go into the mission (three rooms of historic exhibits and art, the chapel, and a pretty courtyard) that includes admission to General Vallejo's home, Lachryma Montis, a moderate walk away. Each was modestly interesting, but together they give a full picture of Sonoma's significance in the transition between Mexican to American sovereignty over California.

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Santa Rosa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For several years now, we have attended the Christmas Service in the Sonoma Mission. Tickets must be obtained in advance, and they are free. There are several dedicated times, and your ticket will be for one of those time, usually 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM etc. As you enter your are given a candle, which is lit on a... More 

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Davie, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mission San Francisco Mission is located across the street from the Sonoma Square. It is a great introduction to the early history of California. The Mission is part of the California Historic Parks. Your $3 admission gives you access to Mission, the Soldier Barracks across the street, the Depot Museum and 2 other places (not within walking distance) we... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever close, I always try to visit each of the missions throughout California. Since I did not grow up in California, I did not study the various missions in grade school---but have enjoyed learning about them. From what I understand, this mission no longer operates as a working church. It is rather small, particularly when compared to Santa Barbara or... More 

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San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This the last and Northernmost Mission of the California Mission Trail. A little different than many of the other missions, it is fairly plain and not as ornate as others. Nonetheless it is definitely worth the visit.

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Ocean, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Stop by for an interesting review of the early history of the area at the mission and neighboring barracks. Informative exhibits and early architecture

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I've been to many of the Missions of California, and found this "one" to be different than all the others. All the missions of California were established by Spanish settlers. All that is, except this one. MIssion Solana was the last mission established and by the time this one was, the entire area was under the rule of Mexico, not... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

What remains of the mission, the Vallejo barracks and the hotel/museum is worth visiting. You can also see a short film on the life and times of general Vallejo and California's independence from Mexico.

Thank imforestgirl
Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The last mission on the trail, has a wonderful history, museum and barracks! Outdoor activities at special events & the holidays. If you pay to go in, its also good for General Vallejo's home about a half mile down the road. Its a must see, and check out the turtles sunbathing up at the pond at Vallejo's house.

Thank Sylvia821

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