Sunday, August 9, 2015

Missions and Tacos Eight

Mission Purisima or La Misión de La Purísima Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María,
The Mission of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

I was a little worried that the missions would all start to blend together, but so far they are distinct in appearance, mission days history, restoration history and in some cases-current ownership. La Purisima is completely different. It was restored by the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Core in the depression. It was turned over to the state to be a state historic park. It gets an amazing two hundred thousand visitors a year, though it was peaceful when we were there.  I can see the fun of it. It is huge, has soldier's quarters, and real live animals. It'a the perfect mission for kids, with lots of room to run around. It is well interpreted with modern poster boards etc.

The church feels more secular, as it is. Things got very tough there after Padre Payeras died. Supplies didn't come from Spain after Mexico became independent (1821). A dwindling number of Indians had to support soldiers who were cruel. So when a soldier flogged a neophyte a Santa Ines the Indians here also revolted and took over the mission for nearly a month. The consequences when they surrendered were dire with seven condemned to death.

It looks like Spain still owns it.

I'd like to hear this rung

Hides were a big part of life

Cool painted furniture

It's not entirely secular
Authentic red tile roof from under

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