Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, San Luis Obispo

Categories: Missions, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you enjoy history, this is a great spot. There is a small museum and gift shop. The church is lovely. 
  • It's a very simple and well-preserved chapel. You really must visit the church, the museum and the grounds to get a true feel for the history of the early years of SLO's development. 
  • Our family always stop when he find one of the missions off the 101. We've been here twice with the grandsons. It's very well taken care of and is located in one of my favorite twos, San Luis Obispo. 
  • 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.
  • A very faith fill Catholic Church. The office staff are extremely helpful. The gift shop and museum are always worth a look.
  • Amazing mission to study. I recommend you to go visit this amazing mission. 💒⛪
  • 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
  • A very historical place. Yet a solemn place to meditate. Love this place for quiet moments.
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