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Mission Dolores/Mission District

Pros: Visit the oldest structure in San Francisco
Cons: Admission fee
Best For: Learning about the Spanish, the Native American Indians and the beginnings of SF

Mission Dolores

One of 21 California missions, Mission Dolores was the 6th to be founded under the direction of Father Junipero Serra. This occurred roughly at the same time that the Declaration of Independence was being signed on the opposite coast of America.

The adobe mission has a fascinating pictorial and artifact exhibit of life in California in the 1700's and the church, or basilica, is equally as impactful. Behind the alter piece is a hidden Indian mural painted just after the church was built. It has recently been re-discovered and only accessible by lowering a camera from the floor above, into the narrow space between the alter, and the old adobe walls. Lucky for us history buffs, 3 local muralists, painted a 22x5 ft. mural on the wall at Barlett and 22nd Streets, recreating from photographs, the hidden painting in the church. See the mission and then see the mural...pretty cool.

Noteworthy: Walk through the cemetery.

Mission Dolores
3321 16th Street (at Dolores)
San Francisco, 94114
Open Daily