Mission San Francisco da Asis

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Mission San Francisco da Asis

IntroductionMission San Francisco de Asis was founded in San Francisco on October 9, 1776. Fr. Francisco founded my mission and named it after St. Francis of Assisi. It was the sixth mission to be built. The two nearest missions are San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo and San Antonio de Padua. It was important to have missions close to each other because the other missions provided people from different places to sleep there so that Native Americans (in the wild) didn't hurt or kill them. My mission's name is San Francisco de Asis but many people call it Mission Dolores.DesignMission Dolores was built in the design of a quadrangle, which means it was built simple with clean lines. There were balconies at my mission. San Francicso de Asis did not have a bell tower but the three original bells still hang over the entrance. The design of the church was 145 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 26 feet high. The church had adobe walls, a tile roof, and tile floors. The mission compound included a patio, living quarters, storerooms, workshops, granary, and an infirmary. Around the mission grounds was a huge cemetery. Many of the native Californians died of illness. The most common illness was the measles. The grounds were very poor for growing anything. There was little space and the soil and weather was bad.Life on the MissionThere were many people who lived at my mission. These people included the Ohlone Native American tribe, Spaniards, and Franciscans. Life at this mission included lots of weaving. Weaving was very important. The most important activity in Dolores was that it was used as a shipping center. Hides and tallow were sent to this mission. The mission produced blankets that came from all the weaving they did. For food the people at the mission mostly ate Spanish dishes. Many people that lived at Dolores ran away. The guards got tired of chasing the Native Americans.After SecularizationAfter secularization, when the missions were closed in 1834, my mission's church changed very little. It has remained the same since the 1790's. My mission was involved in weaving. They made blankets by weaving. My mission was also a shipping center. Other missions sent San Francisco de Asis hides and tallow. Today my mission is used for sightseeing. The largest part of the mission got destroyed by an earthquake, but many people visit the mission to see the cemetery. Many gravestones broke in the earthquake so people had to fix them. The remaining mission was very weak so they used concrete to make it stronger. Today San Francisco de Asis is the oldest standing building in San Francisco.

Mission San Francisco de Asis

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Timeline Mission Dolores established on October 9,1776.Building was completed on May 20th, 1771Mission Survived the Great Earthquake onApril 18th, 1906

Parish Church becomes a Basilica, Church of the PopeFeb. 8, 1952Pope John Paul II visits mission Sep. 18, 1987

Mission Layout

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