"Where it all began!" Mission Dolores Tip by Jefie
Mission Dolores, San Francisco: 12 reviews and 43 photos
Mission Dolores was founded in 1776 as part of the California chain of missions, and its chapel (1791) is the oldest structure in San Francisco. The mission was originally dedicated to St. Francis of Assis (San Francisco de Asis), from where the city of course derives its name. The 21 California missions were usually positioned so that it would take a man no more than a day to ride between each one of them, so that missionaries never had to spend the night in the wild, and their main goal was to convert Native people to Catholicism.
A visit to Mission Dolores includes a self-guided tour of the cemetery, where numerous San Francisco pioneers were buried between 1830 and the end of the 19th century. Among them are Don Luis Antonio Arguello, the first governor of "Nor Cal", Don Francisco de Haro, the first mayor of San Francisco, as well as many Irish immigrants. There is also a small museum that explains life in the missions, and of course it is possible to visit the Old Mission itself - the painted ceiling and altar are especially interesting. Visits usually end at the Basilica, which was completed in 1918 and is located right next to Mission Dolores - it's also worth going across the street to take a look at its beautifully ornamented facade.
Mission Dolores is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission: $5.
Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street
Directions: Mission District
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