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San Luis Obispo de Tolosa


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


Originally a humble log chapel, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded fifth in the mission chain by Father Junipero Serra on September 1, 1772. On three occasions, flaming Indian arrows burned its thatched roofs. Determined padres replaced them with roofs of rounded, red clay tiles — introducing a trademark of California architecture.

San Luis Obispo's location in the well-watered "Valley of the Bears" boasted such a large bear population that the Spanish were able to prevent other missions from starvation by sending them bear meat.

In the 1930s the mission underwent extensive restoration and now stands in nearly original condition. It serves as a parish church for the city of San Luis Obispo.


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