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Mission Dolores

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Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114
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+1 415-621-8203
09:00 - 16:00
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The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles...

The oldest building in San Francisco features adobe walls, original tiles and timbers lashed together with rawhide and hand-carved altars.

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Lovely experience

We visited on a beautiful April day. The whole experience was very lovely and peaceful. Really enjoyed the cemetery and the staff in the gift shop were very knowledgeable. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a beautiful April day. The whole experience was very lovely and peaceful. Really enjoyed the cemetery and the staff in the gift shop were very knowledgeable. I recommend, for history buffs if you are not religious.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We walked the Mission District to finally reach the Mission itself and took the self guided tour that starts from the chapel, then onto the basilica with its beautiful stained glass windows and altar, and then along a covered walkway with murals, photos and drawings to the old cemetery. The museum has artifacts interesting lithographs. There is small gift shop... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

If you are religious this is your place. Tons of religious equipment and god worship and history too.

Thank Alzor S
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Self Guided Tour so you can take as long as you wish within this old building. Some nice slightly different stained glass windows - ask about the orange colour! Interesting interior. Check out the history of not only this building but the basilica next door especially the damage caused by the big earthquake. The graveyard is interesting with converted Indian... More 

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Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

My wife and I decided to spend the day exploring the Mission District - from murals to the mission. Built in 1776, the mission is the oldest remaining structure in San Francisco. Although not the most beautiful mission in the system, the facility has been very well maintained and is a joy to tour. We also enjoyed the beautiful historic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Went on a cold, rainy day and was overwhelmed with history, beauty and amazement! Self guided tour for a small donation to go through mission and basilica as well as gardens cemetery. Was the terminus of the El Camino Real and California Missions. The drive through Mission District adds to the beauty.

Thank RJourn
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Well, I have experienced visiting galore of Churches in Europe, including ones of the most beautiful, but there, there is no comparison. Here, you enter only a narrow shop and the first thing you are been told is ... "make a donation of $5" (What I had already prepared before coming). But when I have been told that we cannot... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Mission Dolores is the oldest building in San Francisco and has an amazing history. Surviving earthquakes & appearing in Hitchcock's Vertigo. The woman who we spoke to at the shop was lovely, gave great recommendations of local food, mural alleys and streetscapes! Highly recommended.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The old mission as well as the newer (but still old) basilica was interesting. We particularly enjoyed the small cemetery off to the side of the mission. It was more like a garden than a cemetery. Worth the inexpensive admission price.

Thank L M
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Self guided tour of a beautiful church with a rich history. $10 donation gets you in, spend as much time as you want walking through the church and cemetery grounds. Skip the "gift" shop, just worthless trinkets. But the church is worth taking the BART to the 16th St stop and walking up to it.

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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