“San Francisco's oldest standing structure, the Mission San Francisco de Asís (also known as Mission Dolores), has withstood the test of time, as well as two major earthquakes, relatively intact. In 1776, at the behest of Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra, Father Francisco Palou came to the Bay Area to found the sixth in a series of 21 missions along El Camino Real (the King's Highway). From these humble beginnings grew what was to become the city of San Francisco. The mission's small, simple chapel, built solidly by Native Americans who were converted to Christianity, is a curious mixture of native construction methods and Spanish-colonial style. A statue of Father Serra stands in the mission garden, although the portrait looks somewhat more contemplative, and less energetic, than he must have been in real life. The cemetery garden out back houses the remains of many notable First Californians, including some 5,000 Native Americans who succumbed to Western diseases. A 45-minute self-guided tour costs $5; otherwise, admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.