Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: Mission Number 5

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IMG_3132Oh the splendor and serenity of the California Missions! I have so thoroughly enjoyed getting out and about to experience these fantastic and picturesque structures for myself. The San Luis de Tolosa Mission, number 5 of the 21 California missions, founded in 1772 by (my guy!) Father Junipero Serra, was sold by Pio Pico in 1845 for FIVE HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS, used as a battalion in the war with Mexico in 1846, and was eventually used as the first courthouse and jail of San Luis Obispo County before restoration finally began in 1933 to return it to its status as a Catholic Mission. Interesting circle of events for this lovely, yet rather petite mission right in the center of downtown San Luis Obispo.

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Full of wonderful artifacts and historical information to educate its countless visitors. Stroll through at your own leisure, peek in to the sanctuary (even if there is a mass in service), spend time in the gardens out back and take a minute to admire the magnificent bells. Street parking is not difficult. Add this one to your list!

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