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Kit includes precision-cut, foam-core parts, a short history of the mission and complete assembly instructions. White glue and decorating materials are required.

Founded by Father Thomas de la Pena on January 12, 1777, Mission Santa Clara de Asis was the 8th California mission to be established. It harvested an abundance of fruits and grain in the fertile Santa Clara Valley, and many head of livestock roamed its lands. Drawn by the abundant crops, the Indian population of 2228 was the largest of any mission.

After secularization in 1836 Santa Clara de Asis continued to operate as a parish church. In 1851 the property was transferred to the Jesuits, who founded Santa Clara University.

Today Santa Clara is a mix of new and restored buildings serving as a church for the university and surrounding community. Many of the original plants survive, including olive trees, a Castilian rosebush, "fan" palms and the oldest grapevine in Northern California.


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