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Mission Dolores

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Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission District, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Bee J
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago

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.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance fee is $5.00 for adults. It is a self guided tour of the adobe building which houses the old church and you can also walk through the newer church and grounds. My favorite portion of this trip was taking a stroll through the old graveyard. There is plenty of shade and a few benches scattered throughout the site... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a most interesting visit. The oldest building in San Francisco, it tells the history of how the city was established. The graveyard has many stories to tell also.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

The original mission church building has survived intact and is the oldest building in San Francisco. It's a beautiful adobe building that sits modestly beside the much more grand basilica. The interior has the original altars and the ceiling is beautiful. There is a small museum, a diorama that shows how the mission buildings looked originally and a small parish... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

If you like churches or history, this is a wonderful place to visit. Out of the tourist areas of the city, take the F streetcar line to this quieter spot. Beautiful church, lovely area. Afterwards, walk to the Castro district and enjoy a great lunch.

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Pontedera, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

It's an important part of the american history and everyone should go there to understand how beautiful it's the american history.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I was in San Francisco for a Film Noir film festival and wanted to see Mission Dolores because it was used as a setting in an Alfred Hitchcock film . I thought this would be a fun place to go see and compare it to what I remember seeing from the old Classic Hitchcock film– VERTIGO. A film that had... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

The Misión San Francisco de Asís / Mission Dolores chapel will appeal to some people on two levels: 1 Spiritually for people of faith 2 Hitchcock's Vertigo fans. For everyone else I dare you not to feel the tranquilly of this place. Once the church documents arrived the Mission was officially established in October 1776. The chapel and sanctuary are... More 

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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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