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San Fernando Rey de Espana


San Fernando Rey de Espana
Kit includes precision-cut, foam-core parts, a short history of the mission and complete assembly instructions. White glue and decorating materials are required.


Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana was the 17th mission, named after St. Ferdinand, King of Spain. It grew rapidly, and by 1807 housed over 1000 Indians. The buildings included a convento for travelers, which remains the largest adobe structure in California.

After secularization, the Indians left and the padres moved away. The roof tiles were removed for use in other buildings and vandals dug up the floors looking for gold. The mission became a working church again in 1923 and restoration began, but was not completed until the Hearst Foundation gave a large gift of money in the 1940s.

Constructed in an earthquake-prone area, the church was destroyed in 1812, rebuilt, destroyed again in 1971, rebuilt, and again damaged in 1994. Restoration is a way of life at Mission San Fernando.


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