"Highly Recommended. This is an excellent study of California's historic missions." -CIVC Index
California's 21 missions are the state's most visited historical landmarks. This series, shot entirely on location, offers viewers the complete story of the missions and their impact on the state's development. Click for more
A combined version of 10. Missions San Louis Obispo and 10. Mission San Antonio is available.
10. Mission San Luis Obispo
Californians are extremely proud of their state's 21 missions and nowhere is this more apparent than in San Luis Obispo, the commercial, governmental, and cultural hub of San Luis Obispo County. The fifth California mission founded by Father Junipero Serra, dating back to September 1, 1772, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa today is located in the heart of the city's downtown area and remains an important part of the community. Although one of the oldest buildings in California, the mission is a registered historical landmark and one of the best-preserved examples of Spanish Mission architecture; it not only serves as a fully functioning Catholic church, it supports a variety of social-minded efforts as well. A statue of Father Serra stands outside the church welcoming all who visit here, while docents volunteer their time to share not only the important history of this wonderful mission, but also the legacy of the Franciscan padres and Native Americans who labored to make this "Prince of the Missions" a success.
11. Mission San Antonio
Mission San Antonio de Padua was the third mission founded by Father Junipero Serra; the date was July 14, 1771. Surrounded by Federal lands, the Mission's setting today looks as much as it did when it was originally founded. The original setting was three miles closer to the nearby river; however, it was moved to this location due to flooding in the area. Ironically, Mission San Antonio, though in a remote location, is one of the most fully restored in the chain of 21 California missions; its location adds to its authentic mission-era atmosphere and helps to underscore the pioneering spirit of the early settlers. Unique to this mission is the design of its campanerio; the three bells are connected to the church but are situated separately. The center bell has the distinction of being the first mission bell cast in California. Visiting the grounds we view many Spanish and Native American displays; we learn how important music was to the Mission, and we see a hand painted on a wall, which shows one of the ways music was taught to the Mission Indians. Also we explore its church, which is an impressive example of Mission architecture, and remains an active part of the community. 01/11DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJSCA 30 min. Also available in Spanish.
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