Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Soledad

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Mission Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Spanish: Misión Nuestra Señora de la Soledad), commonly known as Mission Soledad, is a Spanish mission located in Soledad, California. The mission was founded by the Franciscan order on October 9, 1791 to convert the Native Americans living in the area to Catholicism. It was the thirteenth of California's Spanish missions, and is named for Mary, Our Lady of Solitude. The town of Soledad is named for the mission.

After the 1835 secularization of the mission and the later sale of building materials, the mission fell into a state of disrepair and soon after was left in ruins. A restoration project began in 1954 and a new chapel was dedicated in 1955. The chapel now functions as a chapel of Our Lady of Solitude, a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey. The priests' residence was later recreated, and functions as a museum.

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  • Nice mission, on this road trip we saw quite a few missions. Each mission is different & unique in some ways. Some of the museums have interesting artifacts.  more »
  • This has been lovingly restored and protected mission from early white history of California, Some no longer exist except as mounds of dirt.  more »
  • Great peaceful and tranquil place to visit and learn about History, "Native History". My son and I visited the Mission in September, on a warm windy sunnyday. Bring a lunch, they have a picnic area.
  • One of the smaller missions but the weather is great and the front is very pleasing to the eyes. The church is very small but well kept. Staff are very helpful and friendly.

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