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. Plan to see Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and other attractions that appeal to you using our San Luis Obispo family vacation planner.
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  • The Mission of San Luis Obispo is a place which retains the Spanish heritage in the United States, conservation is very good, the beauty of the Church and its surroundings are lovely.
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  • Easy to find with lots of parking on the nearby streets. A cool little slice of history. Too bad the gardens and outer buildings didn't survive, but the museum is interesting. 
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa has more historical information than most that I've visited. $5 donation requested but not mandatory. Overlooks San Luis Creek within walking distance to many restaur...  more »
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  • I love all the missions but this mission is one of my favorite. Perhaps because it is in such a beautiful and special place. The mission is right next to Higuera Street, the main shopping district and the Creek which make for a really nice time.
  • Amazing mission to study. I recommend you to go visit this amazing mission. 💒⛪
  • A very faith fill Catholic Church. The office staff are extremely helpful. The gift shop and museum are always worth a look.
  • The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, named after a bishop from Toulouse France. Founded by Junipero Serra, it is one of the few missions that remains in the same location after all these years. Facing on to the mission plaza this church has been well taken care of over the years. If you come to the mission remember it is an operating church. Masses and other events are often in progress. There is a central garden that is beautiful, and hidden from most people as they are not as adventurous as they might be. The central garden has roses, a big pergola dripping with grapes, a space for big BBQ’s and is the parking area for handicapped church members. The three old bells are on display in the garden area. Now about those bells, there are five bells on in the church belfry. Most people only see the three on the front of the church, however on the north side there are two more. Each of the five bells has a unique name and tone. There is a plaque to the left of the main entrance with the history of the last bell replacements. The peaceful grounds of the mission have some wonderful off to the side places where the noon time readers find respite in the middle of the busy city. Come on in. Enjoy the history and reflect on the history of this beautiful mission
  • Did a report, intresting and fun