San Francisco’s oldest gem: Mission Dolores whispers of the past

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San Francisco’s crown jewel of longevity isn’t a grand mansion but a testament to faith – Mission Dolores. Officially named Mission San Francisco de Asís, it was founded in 1776, making it the sixth of California’s Spanish missions. While the current church building wasn’t dedicated until 1791, the original structure is a reminder of the area’s religious and cultural heritage.

Constructed with adobe, a traditional Native American building material, the mission witnessed the city’s transformation from a quiet mission town to a bustling city. Today, Mission Dolores serves as a functioning Catholic Church and a popular historical landmark within San Francisco.

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