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San Francisco: Mission Dolores Basilica

About Mission Dolores Basilica:

Mission Dolores has always had a central place in the religious, civic, and cultural life of San Francisco. Originally known as Misión San Francisco de Asís, it was founded June 29, 1776, under the direction of Father Junipero Serra and is both the oldest original intact Mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco. Today, the Mission Dolores Parish comprises both the Basilica and the Old Mission.


The Old Mission’s religious, historic, and architectural significance makes it a unique and memorable destination for visitors to San Francisco.

The Cemetery and Gardens of Mission Dolores are located adjacent to the Old Mission. The beautiful gardens have been restored and planted with traditional native trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants from the 1791 period. The rose garden was a gift of the Golden Gate Rose Society and is tended by members of the Society every week. The garden also contains an Ohlone Indian ethno-botanic garden and examples of Native American plants and artifacts

Depending upon the day, Masses are offered in either the Basilica or the old mission church.

Finding Mission Dolores Basilica:

Located at the crossroads of the City’s Mission District, Castro District, the Lower Haight, Noe Valley, and Upper Market Street neighborhoods.

Address: 3321 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Tel:  +1 (415) 621-8203

Click here for the Mission Dolores website.

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