Mission San Antonio de Padua was the third mission to be founded in the chain, after San Diego and Monterey (which moved to Carmel.) The site, south of Monterey, had been chosen earlier and Father Serra lost no time in returning to the area to begin establishing San Antonio. This was a successful mission from its beginning and in its prime was the home of thirteen hundred Indians. An extensive water system of dams, aqueducts, and reservoirs for the water from the nearby river contributed greatly to the success of this mission. Much of this water system is still visible today. Later, the mission was abandoned and for forty-six years was plundered of all usable construction materials. Almost completely restored today, it spreads out beautifully in the middle of the oak-studded valley. Travelers can delight in the spaciousness that characterized all of the missions at the height of their success. The San Antonio Mission and the hills surrounding it are a special place to see spring wildflowers, one of the joys of California's open areas. Painstakingly sculpted by hand, then reproduced in cold-cast porcelain, each Mission de Oro collectible contains the minute details that remind us of their pastoral history. Towering palm trees shelter colorful gardens while red-tiled roofs keep the rain off white stucco walls – each mission tells a warm story of California history.
This “Cameo-sized” mission is approximately 3"W x 3"D x 2"H.