The oldest cities of California formed around or near Spanish missions, including the four largest: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco.Prior to 1754, grants of mission lands were made directly by the Spanish Crown.The surviving mission buildings are the state's oldest structures, and its most-visited historic monuments.They have become a symbol of California, appearing in many movies and television shows, and are an inspiration for Mission Revival architecture.The largest and most effective senior dating site for baby boomers and seniors!Senior Match focuses on users over 50 years of age, and does not allow members under the age of 30.(As a Silicon Valley firm, we have been in the online dating business for over 16 years!Meet seniors in Berlin TODAY and connect with hundreds of thousands of singles like you now!
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