This mission claims to be the first mission site of California, and it is, of Alta California. Since I live in Baja California, I recognize Loreto, Baja California Sur, as the first mission of California. That is my own personal opinion.
|My own photo.|
I snapped pictures of the details, I love, but there are many more I didn't grab with my camera. Like the thick walls. The walls are adobe; they are about 3 feet thick. I love this old construction style. I didn't go into the garden, because I didn't have time on this visit, but there is a beautiful fountain. This is the place I first saw a hummingbird. The doors have amazing detail, but I couldn't get a very good picture of them with my cruddy phone camera. The uneven brick floors. You can tell that this buliding was build 100% by hand- you can smell the history inside the sanctuary.
|The beautiful, veiled, high altar. I've also always loved the shell designs on the wall |
and the canopy over the ambo.
|The bronze(?) candle holders for the prayer candles. I love how they add to the rustic, old feeling of the entire place.|
|There is a million of these plaques all over the place commemorating the mission, |
Fr. Serra, and California Historic Monuments.
|A bust of Father Serra outside of the church.|
|The beautiful crucifix in the back of the church. There is another on the high altar.|
|This. This holy water font just draws me in. I love the shell, but I love all the wear and tear on it. It is a helpful reminder that you are entering a 245 year old building of God.|
For more information about the Mission, including Mass times, Gift Shop hours, and tour information, contact the mission at their website: www.missionsandiego.com