Spanish tile and bell towers

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banbi322

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Japanese
Can anyone give me a clue to understand what the writer wants to say in the metaphor in the last sentence?
“This there-but-not-all-there piece of history is how we too often reckon with the past in California. Even when we preserve it, even when we confront it, we also paradoxically erase it, distancing ourselves.
We prettify the past with “Spanish” tile and bell towers.”
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  • dojibear

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    English - Northeast US
    California was settled by the Spanish, before it became part of the US.

    Some of the traditional old architecture is "spanish red roof tiles" and bell towers. It is popular in modern times to make buildings with those features. Many people think it is pretty.

    The author is just saying "we prettify the past". We imagine that, many years ago, all of the buildings were beatiful.
     

    banbi322

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    Japanese
    California was settled by the Spanish, before it became part of the US.

    Some of the traditional old architecture is "spanish red roof tiles" and bell towers. It is popular in modern times to make buildings with those features. Many people think it is pretty.

    The author is just saying "we prettify the past". We imagine that, many years ago, all of the buildings were beatiful.
    So this is not a metaphor, but I needed the knowledge about the history in California.
    Thank you for your quick response.
     
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