Mission District, San Francisco

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    Mission Dolores

    by IceBear7 Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Mission Dolores SF

    The oldest building and the so-called birthplace of SF.
    You can see an old chapel and a cathedral, a one-room-museum with artefacts of the 18th century when the mission was established (1776) and a small cemetery with old graves and lots of trees and shrubs and flowers.

    The whole thing is relatively interesting to see it but I found the 3 $ entrance fee a little too high.

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    Mission District, the Hispanic neighbourhood

    by katpanou Written Oct 4, 2004

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    Dolores Park, Mission

    You won't find the Mission on the front page of many travel guides but if you want to have a slice of real SF life have a beer and a burrito at Mission.

    It can be dangerous at some points but it definitely is one of the most popular neighbourhoods of SF at the moment

    Dont forget to relax at the Dolores Park with some fine views over the city and the Mission Dolores just beneath it.

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    The Mission District

    by sarahandgareth Updated May 26, 2004

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    El Diablo Mural

    The Mission is San Francisco's oldest area, and still one of its most authentic, even if parts of it are pretty down at heel these days.

    The main drag is Mission itself, from about 16th St south to about 24th St. Around 16th in particular, there are plenty of street characters, most of whom seemed harmless, but the area is known for drug-dealing, too. The beat-up stores hardly lend the street charm, either. However, if you keep walking, and keep looking, you'll find all kinds of interesting Latino businesses, especially restaurants, as well as the occasional Pentecostal church: the singing spilled out into the street when we walked by.

    There are also dozens of murals, on the main strips and the side streets, that catalogue the area's history and culture.

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    The Mission District

    by madamx Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Known as one of the warmest areas of the city, the Mission District often escapes the fog. The eclectic mix of businesses, latino atmosphere and newer restaurants and shops make it a most interesting place to spend the day. There is a high concentration of murals in this area as well. You can drop by the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Centre(415-285-2287), which conduct walking tours.

    Wandering down a side street, we came across a community garden, reclaimed from an empty lot by a group of neighbors. Sitting in the sun amongst the towering sunflowers and rows of well-tended plants, we couldn't think of a better place to be.

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    Mission Dolores

    by Jeannette1 Written Jun 30, 2003

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    Mission Dolores

    This is the oldest building in San Francisco and was built by the Franciscans in 1776. It is one of the 21 missions built along the Camino Real from Mexico to Sonoma.

    It survived 4 major earthquakes and is the only one of the original missions which has not been restored..

    Mission Dolores is in a vibrant, colorful neighborhood with lots of good ethnic restaurants. The mix of cultures makes this area one of my favorites in San Francisco.

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    Inside the Bascillica

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    Inside the Bascillica The Basilica has a wood carving of Mater Dolorosa, Our Lady of Sorrows, set high above the main alter in a sun burst pattern.

    Pope John Paul II paid a visit to the Mission and this is documented with photographs along the covered walkway to the left of the Basilica.
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    The Basilica

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    The Basilica- was completed in 1918 and replaces the parish church that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake It features stained glass windows depicting Saint Francis of Assisi who is the patron of both the Mission and the City of San Francisco.
    .The Basilica also has a wood carving of Mater Dolorosa, Our Lady of Sorrows, set high above the main alter in a sun burst pattern. The Mission has been honoured by the Pope twice in the last 50 years.
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    The Mission Cemetery

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    This was a colonial style cemetery to the left of the Mission which contained the tombstones of Spanish, Mexican, American and other settlers. It also had the graves of more than 5,000 Native Americans who were enslaved in the area. The cemetery’s biggest claim to fame was its use as the setting for the graveyard scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film Vertigo.
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    Mission Delores

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    Mission Delores is the oldest building in San Francisco, is located at the spiritual centre of its namesake, the Mission District. Founded in 1776, the first mass was held in June, five days before the Declaration of Independence was signed (although formal Church documentation didn’t officially establish the mission until October of that year and the building itself was not completed until 1791).

    The building managed to survive the 1906 earthquake. It has 4 foot thick adobe walls, redwood beams lashed together with rawhide to support the room and the ceiling is painted with vegetable dyes.
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    Mission Dolores - The cemetery

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 19, 2003

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    You'll find the grave of many San Francisco pioneers in this charming old cemetery: lots of Irish, one french, some native people,...
    This is definitely worth spending a couple of minutes in this quiet place...

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    Mission Dolores - The Basilica

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 19, 2003

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    Pay attention, if you are too fast, you could think you are taking a picture of the Mission ;-) You are not!!
    This is indeed the "new" basilica built in 1918 after the old one had been destroyed by the 1906 earthquake

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    Mission District

    by zwack Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores was constructed by the Franciscan friars and Ohlone Indians in 1791, when the land was still claimed by Spanish pioneers and called Alta California. The columned façade is actually a single wall of whitewashed adobe bricks. Inside the church is a small museum and in back, the Mission cemetery contains an array of historical gravestones.

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    MISSION Mission is the hot...

    by miaou Written Aug 24, 2002

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    MISSION Mission is the hot place to be (not to mention it receives the most sunshine of all SF’s neighborhoods.) so don’t miss out on this neighborhood Once deemed as one of the poorest neighborhoods in SF, now it’s hot property. The community base is Latin, and it comprises not only Mexicans but other Latinos like Peruvians and El Salvadorians. There is no mistake, however, they all join forces to celebrate their culture and they certainly eat well. One thing you should check out in the Mission are the murals. These murals have come to serve as a vehicle to communicate messages about community and global events. You can find some on between 21st and 22nd Streets on Mission, Barlett and Capp St or take a mural tour. Recommended. Contact (415) 285-2287. $10 adult, $8 college students, $2 for anyone under 18.

    The best spot in the Mission is Valencia 16 and 17th Streets.
    Heaps of restaurants, more vintage stores than boutiques and the nightlife is excellent.

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    The Mission

    by shohman Written Jan 16, 2008

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    This is a funky area, perhaps a bit dirty, very ecclectic with all kinds of cultures represented. The best part is all the murals.

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    Mission Delores

    by BrendaLehr Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Mission Delores (1776) is the oldest building still standing in San Francisco, founded by Father Junipero Serra.

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