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Mission San Antonio de Padua Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

San Antonio Mission Model

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Antonio de Padua. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

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Includes Mission Accessories
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Large Size Mission Model
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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 7.1 inches

History of Mission San Antonio de Padua

Padre Junipero Serra, the man who was in charge of the first two missions in California, also started the third one. This mission was first located in San Antonio Valley which is in Southwestern Monterrey County, California. Mission San Antonio De Padua was named after San Antonio (“Saint Anthony”) who is one of the most famous saints in the Catholic Church. He was a very good speaker and convinced many people to become Catholic in the 1200’s. .

In 1771, Padre Serra chose to build Mission San Antonio De Padua in the San Antonio Valley because he thought the oak trees there were beautiful. He even hung a bell from a tree and rung it to not only show that he wanted to build the mission there, but to prove that the location would draw Native Americans to come and learn about Christianity which was the goal of the missions. A young Native American heard the bell and approached the camp shortly after. Padre Junipero Serra gave him gifts to take to his tribe and members of the Salinan tribe visited the mission a little later. The Padres (the Fathers) at the mission and the Salinan tribe got along well for many years as a result. .

Like the two missions that were already built, the first location of Mission San Antonio De Padua turned out to not be as good as Padre Serra hoped because there wasn’t enough water so they moved it in 1773. The new location was on the banks of Mission Creek in what is now known as Jolon, California. The mission had a church, a place for the Padres to sleep, and workrooms that the Padres and Salinans built. They also helped create an irrigation system so plants could be grown. In 1773, 158 members of the Salinan tribe had been baptized.

While Padre Juniperro Serra started Mission San Antonio De Padua, he was not in charge for long because he returned to San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission. Instead, Padre Buenaventura Sitjar helped build up the mission and make it successful by using his engineering skills to manage water. He made sure lots of plants grew so everyone had food to eat and also raised many different kinds of cattle. Mission San Antonio De Padua is most famous for growing large amounts of wheat and raising high quality horses. Under Padre Sitjar, the farms became bigger and bigger and the church was expanded too. The nicer the mission became, the more Native Americans were attracted to live there. At one point, around 1,300 Native Americans lived at Mission San Antonio De Padua. Sadly, the number decreased rapidly in later years because the Native Americans often died from diseases that the Spanish unintentionally brought with them to North America. .

The mission continued to be successful for many years even after the Spanish lost control of California to Mexico. The Mexican government could not afford to maintain the mission and left it alone for a number of years until they later tried to sell the mission to anyone who would buy it. Mission San Antonio De Padua was never bought because it was so far away from where most people lived in California. The U.S. government later won control of California and the mission, but did not take care of it either. Starting in the mid 1800’s, Mission San Antonio De Padua started to fall into disrepair. The roof of the mission was taken to help build a railroad station nearby and the rain slowly destroyed the walls of the mission. .

It wasn’t until 1903 that someone tried to rebuild the mission. Unfortunately, just three years later a large earthquake ruined the efforts to restore the mission. Instead, it took nearly 50 years to both get the money needed to repair the church and actually complete the project. During World War II, a military base called Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation was built in the area around the mission. The base is still active today which makes it harder for people to visit the mission. The closest town, Jolon, is small and most of the roads near the mission are also used by the military so anyone who wants to visit must pay close attention to make sure they go to the mission and not somewhere they should not be.

Anyone who chooses to visit Mission San Antonio De Padua will be able to visit a reconstructed version of the old mission. There is a museum which educates visitors about the mission as well. Another great reason to visit the mission is that it is one of the only ones that is not surrounded by other buildings. This means that visitors can more easily imagine what the mission used to be like and what the Spanish and Salinan tribe experienced in the 1700 and 1800’s. Of course, anyone who visits the mission will also get to see the beauty of the oak trees and wild California landscape which inspired Padre Juniperro Serra to build the mission there. .