the oldest surviving structure in san francisco

i spent most of the weekend with some friends, exploring the city of love …

we went on a couple nice bike rides along market street, the embarcadero & down union, we stopped by a few coffee shops and otherwise generally enjoyed the sunshine on this extended labor day weekend.

my favorite: we went to the original mission in san francisco, mission san francisco de assisi (commonly known as mission dolores).

mission dolores was founded in 1776 by spanish settlers in northern california.

as a native californian, to be in a place with so much history – over 200 years worth, to be exact! – was quite a treat. the mission has changed a lot since the 18th century, with many renovations, updates and the addition of a large basilica next door to the originial mission.

the location, however, has not changed.

(the mission in 1913)

(the mission today)

(the current interior/altar of the mission. it is still used for regular mass gatherings.)

***pictures above are borrowed from


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