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San Francisco de Asis


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


Founded on October 9, 1776, Mission San Francisco de Asis is 6th in the mission chain and includes the oldest building in San Francisco city. Named for St. Francis of Assisi, it is also referred to as Mission Dolores after the nearby Lake Dolores.

Mission records indicate over 4000 Native Americans converted to Christianity. Measles claimed thousands, however, and after 10 years only a few remained.

A 1906 earthquake destroyed the huge basilica, but little Mission Dolores remained unharmed. Today much of the original church interior is intact, including fine examples of early California art. It is still an active church and the original bells, all cast within five years of the church's completion, are still rung during Holy Week.


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