Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mission San Miguel Arcangel, CA

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was founded on June 25, 1797 by the Franciscans and is the sixteenth mission. On December 22, 2003 the area was struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, which did quite a lot of damage to the existing buildings, so it was closed to the public for six years. Luckily enough funds were raised to restore it to its current state. The church is very plain inside, and its appearance today is pretty much like when it was first built. There's a cemetery behind the church which holds the remains of 2,249 Native Americans. Mission San Miguel is noted in particular for its arcade, a series of twelve lovely arches. 

So, I now checked off a few more items on my bucketlist. Be sure to visit these wonderful historic sites if you ever happen to take a trip along El Camino Real.


Photo Cache said...

You did a mission tour. How wonderful. After I did my mission tour a few years ago, I wanted to decorate my house in Mission style furnitures, hahaha.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Well, I had never heard of El Camino Real prior to seeing these photos, but now that I have I would certainly like to travel along it! This is so pretty, Linnea. I love the stucco, the arcade and the pretty gate in the wall. Well, everything really. :)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

So much beauty in these missions, and you document it so well!!

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