Mission Dolores

My last stop on this trip to San Francisco was Mission Dolores.  It was on our way back to the airport, and so Patrick and I met up to visit the location together.

In Vertigo, Madeleine leaves the flower shop for the mission, and Scottie follows.  She enters through a side door, goes through the chapel and into the cemetery where she stands over a grave, one which we later discover is marked as Carlotta Valdes.

Today, Mission Dolores is maintained as museum (actually, the door which Madeleine enters through is the very one visitors now enter through), and you can stroll through the chapel and the cemetery.  Although over the decades, the cemetery has changed greatly.  In Vertigo, it is much more lush, with walkways edged in neatly trimmed hedges, and other vegetation making it appear almost oasis like.  Throughout the Mission’s history, the cemetery had to be reconfigured and some graves moved.  Footsteps in the Fog notes that the Carlotta Valdes headstone, created for the film, remained as a popular tourist attraction, but has since been removed, deemed not authentic enough to remain in such a sacred place.

I love Missions and cemeteries in themselves, so I enjoyed the stroll through the area, in my grey suit of course…

View my entry on other Vertigo locations here.

Well, that wraps it up for my San Francisco trip!

3 thoughts on “Mission Dolores

  1. Ah, the grey suit! It’s perfect!
    Did you end up asking someone to take the photos for you or did you take them yourself?

    • Since the visit to this location on Sunday, and Patrick’s event ended Saturday night, we were able to visit this location together, and he took the photos.

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