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Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

The thirteenth Mission, with the official name of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad – Our Most Sorrowful Lady of Solitude – that would be Mary, Jesus’ mother, for those playing along at home – was founded October 9, 1791. It … Continue reading

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Mission San Diego

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Mission San Diego

Mission San Diego is the first of the California Missions. It was founded on July 16, 1769 by Junipero Serra. The name, San Diego de Alcala, or Saint Didacus of Alcala, was given to the area by the Spanish explorers … Continue reading

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Mission bells

From signage at Mission San Diego: “The crown-topped bell on the lower right is named Ave Maria Purisima – Immaculate Mary. It weighs 805 pounds and was case in 1802. A crown-topped bell was usually supplied by the Spanish King … Continue reading

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La Sala

La Sala is one of the rooms of the Mission San Juan Bautista Museum, also known as the Room of Four Chimneys (there was a fireplace in each corner), the Reading Room or the Padres’ living room. It currently exhibits … Continue reading

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Mission San Juan Bautista

San Juan Bautista is the fifteenth of twenty-one California Missions, established by Father Fermin de Lasuen in 1797. Father Lasuen was the second Presidente of the Missions, following Junipero Serra. The church has three naves or aisles, and is the … Continue reading

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Mission San Antonio

Mission San Antonio is another of the missions that I’ve been by who knows how many times, but always on my way somewhere else so never stopped. It’s a ways off the highway as well, through Fort Hunter Liggett, additional … Continue reading

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