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Mission Dolores

Dolores Mission
Dolores Mission
Mission Dolores Basilica
Mission Dolores Basilica

The Mission Dolores is the oldest building in San Francisco. This Spanish colonial style church was built in 1776 by Spanish missionaries who, under the supervision of Padre Junípero Serra, hoped to evangelize the Ohlone Indians.

In its beginning it was given the name of San Francisco de Asís although, after some time, it came to be known as Dolores Mission.

Years later in 1918, construction of the San Francisco Mission Dolores Basilica was completed in the Churrigueresque style.

Visiting Mission Dolores Basilica

During the visit you will cross the cemetery (where many historical figures are buried) and a small chapel, and you will see a museum where the history of the mission is told.

Finally, you can visit the basilica, a church that is decorated with austerity with very little lighting, which gives it a very special atmosphere.

At the entrance you are given a brochure that will help you better understand your visit.

Don't miss...

The historic, religious and architectural importance of the Dolores Mission makes it a must-see when visiting San Francisco.


3321, Sixteenth Street.


9am-4.30pm, May 1-Oct 31.
9am-4pm, Nov 1-Apr 30.
9am-noon, Good Friday.
10am-1pm, Easter Sunday.
Close: Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day.


Adult: $5.
Senior Citizen: $3.
Student: $3.


Trolley bus: line 22.
BART: Mission Station.


Mission Dolores location

Closest attractions

Alamo Square (1.13 miles)
San Francisco City Hall (1.16 miles)
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (1.26 miles)
Haight-Ashbury (1.45 miles)
Twin Peaks (1.56 miles)