"the oldest building in SF" Mission Dolores Tip by mindcrime

Mission Dolores, San Francisco: 12 reviews and 43 photos

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Mission Dolores is the oldest building is San Francisco! Formerly called Mision San Francisco de Asis, erected by father Junipero Serra in 1776 but the building we see today was built in 1782 by francs monks with help of Indians. It was the sixth mission of Serra that was trying to evangelize the local Indians for the Spanish crown. There were 21 California Missions, this was the third most northerly. The first Mass in the area celebrated on june 29, 1776 and thus the City of Saint Francis had its official beginning five days before the Declaration of Independence but the formal establishment of the Mission of Saint Francis was delayed until the arrival of the necessary church documents on October 9, 1776.

The building looks like a typical Spanish colonial structure and the interior is very simple of course (pics 2-3), with a nicely decorated redwood ceiling.

There?s no entrance fee but the suggested donation is $5, considering the fact they don?t get any public funds it seems they rely on voluntary offerings so they can maintain and restore the building. The small gift shop serves coffee for $1 and you can buy a postcard or a magnet.

Don?t miss the small calm cemetery at the back side (pic 4), with some interesting statues (in the center the one of Junipero Serra) and indian hats that will give you some nice photo opportunities.

Right next to the Mission Dolores you can see the Basilica that was built in 1913 (pic 5).

Address: 3321 Sixteenth Street, Mission, SF, CA 94114
Directions: we took Bus 49(towards city college) and stopped at MISSION ST&18th but you can take 22 Fillmore electric bus that stops at the front door.
Phone: 415-6218203
Website: http://missiondolores.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 20, 2010
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