Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista

Mission San Juan Bautista was founded on June 24, 1797, by Father Fermin Lasuén. A year later, in 1798, the first church was completed. Named after John the Baptist, San Juan Bautista was located north of Salinas and ranked fifteenth …

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Mission San Miguel Arcángel

Mission San Miguel Arcángel

Mission San Miguel Arcángel, sixteenth in the Chain of California Missions, was founded on July 25, 1797, by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuén and named for Saint Michael the Archangel, the “Most Glorious Prince of the Celestial Militia”. The location …

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Mission San Fernando Rey de España

Mission San Fernando Rey de España

Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the seventeenth mission in the chain, was founded on September 8, 1797. The location in San Fernando was a prime spot, along the main highway leading to Los Angeles. This made it a convenient …

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, also known as Mission San Luis Rey or San Luis Rey Mission Church, was founded on June 13, 1798, by Father Fermin Lasuén and named for Louis IX, King of France (1215-1270). The mission …

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Mission Santa Inés Virgen y Martir

Mission Santa Inés

Mission Santa Inés Virgen y Mártir, founded on September 17, 1804, by Father Estévan Tapís, was the nineteenth mission dedicated in the State of California. It completed the chain between San Francisco and San Diego. The mission’s inland location in …

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Mission San Rafael Arcángel

Mission San Rafael Arcángel

Mission San Rafael Arcángel, twentieth in the California Mission Chain, was founded on December 14, 1817, by Father Vicente de Sarría and named Saint Raphael the Archangel, patron of good health. The mission was initially established as a convalescent hospital …

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Mission San Francisco de Solano

Mission San Francisco de Solano

Mission San Francisco de Solano was founded in Sonoma on July 4, 1823, by Father José Altimira and named for Saint Francis Solano, a missionary to the Peruvian Indians. The mission was dedicated in April 1824 and in 1827 the …

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