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San Francisco

Mission Dolores

This 18th-century Spanish mission is the site of the earliest settlement in the region and attracts history buffs. Besides the tranquility it offers information about the city’s early history. Mission San Francisco de Asís or Mission Dolores as its commonly called is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. As the sixth religious settlement among the California chain of missions, it was founded in June 1776 by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu. The settlement was named for St. Francis of Assisi but came to be known as "Mission Dolores" because of the presence of a nearby creek called Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. Mission Dolores welcomes visitors to understand its unique historic, religious and architectural value as also to enjoy its serene garden and cemetery.