Mission Dolores contains the oldest city cemetery in all of San Francisco with interments of many early California Pioneers and clergy members of this parish. At one time the cemetery contained thousands of burials still city expansion projects such as businesses and houses removed most of the graves to make way to the metropolis it is today. Some of the remains were moved to other cemeteries others were put into mass graves. The cemetery was also reduced when the Basilica decided to construct a school and playground which makes this location all the more gloomy. Today what is left can of this burial ground can be enjoyed with many old grave sites and beautiful lush gardens containing plants found here in the 1700s when the Spaniards arrived!