Although the mission was destroyed in the middle of the nineteenth century, it has undergone extensive renovations. Today the mission is a U.S. Historic Landmark, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only California mission to retain its original bell tower.
The mission is still home to a Catholic parish and, as well as holding mass several times each day, hosts regular concerts, art exhibitions and community events. Spanish Colonial liturgical art and artifacts are displayed throughout the church, which also features arched ceilings and thirty-foot altarpieces. The quiet courtyard and gardens are peaceful places to take a moment and in the mission's four museum galleries visitors can learn about the history of the area, the restoration and about all of the other California missions.
The mission is located less than one mile off Route 1.
Tours & Tickets
Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 11 hours