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                 the mission website, or call (805) 781-8220.
The docents enjoy sharing their love of the old mission. You will learn how the Mission grew in
stages, who is buried in the floors and walls of the church, and the story behind the centuries-old art still hanging from the adobe walls.
The mission originally
constructed from rudimentary thatch, bows, and logs, grew to the substantial walls and tile roofs still standing today. In contrast to some missions, San Luis Obispo never
San Luis Obispo
fell into complete ruin or abandon- ment following the secularization period under the Mexican govern- ment. Perhaps its most unusual feature is its “L” design.
The original church consisted only of the main wing leading
to the sanctuary and altar. In the 1880’s and again in 1948 the annex wing was extended in stages to pro- vide seating for the rapidly growing San Luis Obispo community.
Pilgrims and visitors of many faith traditions find the quiet and peace of the Old Mission Church, its grounds and gardens, to be a place of rest and renewal for the spirit.
Unlike many California Mis- sions, the church of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa does not charge admission but welcomes dona- tions, and its doors are open to all most days of the year. There are two daily Masses and six Masses on the weekend in English and Spanish.
For more information, schedules of masses and events, or to arrange a group tour visitmissionsanluisobispo. org or call (805) 781-8220.
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