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La Purisima Mission - Part One
La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, near Lompoc, California

The modern traveler to La Purisima begins at the excellent visitor center, with displays on the native peoples, the history of the mission, and of its restoration by the CCC in the 1930's.

Two hundred years ago one would have approached on foot or horseback along El Camino Real. One of the first things to be seen, or heard, would be the bells in the campanario (freestanding bell wall).

The long low building is the mission church itself, enlivened with paintings and sculpture, and an altar radiant with gold leaf. A walled cemetery is behind the bell wall.

La Purisima Mission State Park
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Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

Native American and Mission era exhibits at the Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

Exhibits on the CCC and mission restoration at the Mission La Purisima Visitor Center

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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El Camino Real Approaches La Purisima

El Camino Real Approaches La Purisima

El Camino Real ran west from Mission Santa Ines to Mission La Purisima

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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Carretas at La Purisima

Carretas at La Purisima

Simple ox carts were used to trasport agricultural products and building materials

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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Campanario at Mission la Purisima

Campanario at Mission la Purisima

Campanario or bell wall next to the church at Mission la Purisima

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: June 10, 2010
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Cemetery Behind the Bell Wall

Cemetery Behind the Bell Wall

Behind the campanario and the church is the cemetery

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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Inside the Mission Church at La Purisima

Inside the Mission Church at La Purisima

The mission church at La Purisima, showing choir loft and confessional at the back

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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Altar in the Church at Mission la Purisima

Altar in the Church at Mission la Purisima

Next to the altar in the mission church at La Purisima, showing a bell wheel and steps up to the pulpit

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

Date photographed: April 27, 2008
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