Los Angeles Missions

Missions in Los Angeles

Spanish Missions in L.A. include the San Gabriel and San Fernando. They were built all along the California coast between 1769 and 1823 making them the oldest structures in California. The Spanish built them in their conquest to convert the indigenous people of California to Christianity and as strongholds for their newly claimed territories. Twenty-one Spanish missions can be found along the 'King's Highway' in California, which is now Highway 101 on the Central Coast and Interstate 5 in Southern California. They are the oldest structures in California. Most of the California Missions are still active churches with museums and gift shops. All have suffered earthquake or fire damage but very few have been left in a damaged state.

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Los Angeles Missions

Mission San Gabriel

San Gabriel is located north of the 10 freeway east of Los Angeles. On the birthday of Mary, September 8, 1771, Frs. Pedro Cambon and Joseph de la Somera founded the San Gabriel Mission. This is the fourth in California and includes a small cemetery and vats for fermenting wine, tanning hides and candle making. It was known as 'The Pride of the Missions' for its trade of large crops, cattle hides and wine. At one time it supplied candles to most of the other missions and was the largest winery in California.

Mission San Gabriel
San Gabriel, Arcangel
428 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776

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San Fernando is located between the 5, 405 and 118 freeways in The Valley north of Los Angeles. This is the seventeenth in California and was founded by Padre Fermin Lasuen on September 8, 1797.

Mission San Fernando
San Fernando, Rey de España
15151 San Fernando Mission Road
Mission Hills, CA 91345

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California Missions Map

California Missions in Order

  1. San Diego Mission
  2. Carmel Mission
  3. San Antonio Mission
  4. San Gabriel Mission
  5. San Luis Obispo Mission
  6. Dolores Mission - San Francisco
  7. San Juan Capistrano Mission
  8. Santa Clara Mission
  9. Ventura Mission
  10. Santa Barbara Mission
  11. La Purisma Mission
  12. Santa Cruz Mission
  13. Soledad Mission
  14. San Jose Mission
  15. San Juan Bautista Mission
  16. San Miguel Mission
  17. San Fernando Mission
  18. San Luis Rey Mission
  19. Santa Ines Mission
  20. San Rafael Mission
  21. San Francisco Solano Mission

California by Region

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