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San Rafael Arcangel


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


Initially established in 1817 as a "sub-mission" of San Francisco de Asis, San Rafael Arcangel served as a hospital for new converts suffering from disease and depression. It proved so successful that on October 12, 1822, it rose to full mission status and became 20th in the chain.

By 1828 its population had grown to over 1000, with the converts becoming skilled boat builders, blacksmiths, carpenters, weavers and farmers.

After secularization the buildings were abandoned. The mission was used by John Fremont during the Mexican War in 1846. In 1949 Monsignor Thomas Kennedy rebuilt and restored the chapel. Today Mission San Rafael Arcangel sits next to the parish church of St. Raphael on the site of the original hospital.


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