"San Francisco's oldest building." MISSION District Tip by worldkiwi
MISSION District, San Francisco: 10 reviews and 21 photos
Mision San Francisco de Asis, which is known as Mission Dolores, dates back to 1791, but the site it sits on is where the first mass was held in the first European settlement in San Francisco in 1776. This beautiful little white church is well worth getting off the beaten trail for, even if it is only to stand outside and contemplate the history that surrounds it. Unfortunately, on the day I visited I was too late and it had closed. I managed to take a picture or two in the fading light before trudging off a little annoyed that I hadn't timed my visit well. The Mission district is quite easy to get to. You can get the Metro subway to the Church Street station and walk south down that street to 16th Street. Turn left there and walk to the intersection of Dolores Street. Look out for the slightly over-the-top basilica next to the old church itself.
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