Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

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Wander the buildings and gardens of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and take a step back into California's history. Built in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra, the mission still serves the community to this day. Notice both the belfry and vestibule design styles, a combination that is not found in any of the other California missions. Explore the grounds and the church on your own, or prearrange a docent-led tour. Stop by the museum for a brief history of the mission. If you would like to attend a service, check the website for worship times. Use our San Luis Obispo driving holiday planner to visit Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa on your trip to San Luis Obispo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • A little different to the other 14 we have seen in that is is L shaped. Excellent tromp l'oeil all around and at back of the alter and beautiful mural work around the rest of the church, subtle but...  more »
  • In the heart of downtown SLO, surrounded by restaurants and shops. #5 of the 21 missions, built in 1772. Opened to the public most days from 9-4. This Mission serves as a Parrish, with an active church attendance and services. Admission is a donation of your choice. Enter through the gift shop. View their small museum with a collection of period artifacts. Enter the small church, beautifully painted white, with painted flowers on the walls, and stars on the ceiling. Bring a book, and relax in the well maintained peaceful garden in the courtyard. Check their website for a host of festivals, fairs, and concerts throughout the year. * Local guide hint; Be outside in the plaza at noon, and be serenaded by the big brass bells from the bell tower. 👍
  • What a beautiful Catholic Church. The Mission in San Luis Obispo is my absolute favorite. The museum is fascinating as well. The inside of the church is so calm and so peaceful. I believe they have church mass there, but I'm not 100% sure. If they do, that would probably be the best mass ever. The history is interesting and the architecture is amazing. You should definitely check the Mission out if you live here or not.

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