Established in 1776 by the Franciscan order, the Mission Dolores is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco. Formally named Mission San Francisco de Asís, after Saint Francis of Assisi, the mission was nicknamed Mission Dolores after the nearby creek, Arroyo de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. This mission was how San Francisco got its name, and is coined by some as the “birthplace” of San Francisco.

PHOTO: Mission San Francisco de Asis before 1835, from the United States Library of Congress

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