California has 21 missions, built by the Spanish during colonialization.
The teaching when I was a school child was along the lines of, "The European settlers came in and civilized the heathen natives." (Or Indians, as they were called then.) But as Maya Angelo says, "When you know better, you do better.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to have open ended discussions with the girls about why these places were built and what went on here.
Only, I'm not a good drone pilot, and they're banned in a lot of places, anyway. This was the only time I pulled it out, and I didn't manage to get a great picture. Behind the church (to the right) you can see part of the parochial school associated with the parish.
One of the side effects of my Europe trip last year was an appreciation for cathedrals and ornate churches. Also, the more British history I devour, the more I realize that my ancestors had to have been Catholic at one point--everybody in England was. Some horrible things have been done in the name of religion. But I can still appreciate the beauty of a chapel, and the reverent feeling it inspires.