Tuesday, July 11, 2017

101 South: San Luis Obispo, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa  (mission #5)  782 Monterey St., in downtown San Luis Obispo.  Founded in 1772, this was the first mission to introduce the red clay roof tile--which successfully repelled the flaming arrows used in attacks by Native Americans.  This complex has been extensively restored and includes a fragrant rose garden and a museum with rare early California photos.  Found to the right of the gift shop, its charming church  has a simple fa├žade with a belfry and vestibule--unique among the state’s missions--and is still used for services.  Many of the statues and paintings date to the early 1800s.  An adjacent plaza and park with mature shady trees provides large grassy areas, stream-hugging paths, and inviting open-air cafes. 

exterior of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
exterior of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California

museum at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
museum at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
 
interior of church at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
interior of church at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California

painting in church at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
painting in church at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California

garden at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
garden at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California

gift shop at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California
gift shop at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, California


Article about the 21 California missions.

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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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