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Tuesday, November 17, 2009


2009 - The Year of Valley History
Icon Statue of Saint Ferdinand King of Spain, Saint Ferdinand's Catholic church - City of San Fernando. Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - Nov. 2009

Ferdinand II was the first king of united Spain.
Born on the 10th or March 1452, King Ferdinand was originally the king of Aragon. He married Isabella the Queen of Castile. (The crest of the kingdom of Spain has the castle of Castile and the red lion of Aragon) Together the “royal” couple formed the new kingdom of Spain and bankrolled the explorer Christopher Columbus.
Ferdinand and Isabella used a common language, religion and sense of destiny to unify their Catholic kingdom. The result was the expulsion of Jews, Moslems and non-Catholic Christians from Spain, and the eventual arrival of the Inquisition.
For his religious fervor, Fernando was canonized a saint. It is San Fernando Rey de EspaƱa for whom our Valley is named.
Saint Ferdinand died on 23 June 1516
Rose Window at St. Ferdinand's Catholic church on McClay Street in San Fernando, California.


Anonymous said...

I recognize the statue and the stained glass. I was baptized there a baby and moved from
Sylmar in 1965.
Tim Ahern

papabear said...

Actually I believe it's named after King St. Ferdinand III of Castile.

Fernan G said...

The king who married Isabella and expelled the Jews in 1492 was Fernando V of Aragon and was anything but saintly. The saintly king Saint Ferdinand after whom the mission and the Valley are named was Fernando III of Castille who lived well over two centuries before the one from Aragon, and died in 1252

Aishah Bowron said...
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Aishah Bowron said...

I prefer Ferdinand iii the Saint of Castile and Leon much better than the Ferdinand that lived 200 years later !.