The Naming of Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
A passing Costanoan Indian wandered through the valley where the mission sat muttering a word that sounded to visiting fathers like Soledad. In Spanish, soledad means solitude. The term is also associated with the Virgin Mary, who is often called Our Lady of Solitude. Since the mission seemed to have a lonely feel to it, Fathers Crespi and Portola named it Nuestra Senora de la Soledad, Our Lady of Solitude.
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The 13th Mission
The name of this mission tells a lot about it. Father Lasuen dedicated the site to "the Solitude of Most Holy Mary, Our Lady." It was a dry, windy plain that was very hot in the summer and freezing cold on winter nights. Click on this link to read the story.
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Founded October 9, 1791
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Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
This was the thirteenth mission and was founded October 9, 1791 by Fr. Lasuén. Named for Our Lady of Solitude, one of the many designations for the Virgin. Get directions to the Mission and find out its immediate needs.
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Tour the Soledad Mission
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