In March 2013, while spending some time in California , I visited the Spanish Mission at San Juan Capistrano. It was wonderful to be there and take photos of the place. Then, I discovered there was 21 Spanish missions in California. I bought a post card to visualize where they are located. I got the idea it would be fun to go back to California and visit few more. This is why we made a plan to do a road trip. After 1,555 km ( 3 days ) we visited the Mission San José in Fremont. It was the 14th of the 21 Spanish Mission. This one was founded in 1797 by Father Femin Francisco de Lasuén. The original abode structure was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868. The interior of the reconstructed church is unusually elegant, containing crystal chandeliers, murals, religious paintings and a gold leaf altar. It is considered to be a near-perfect replica of the original church, though it incorporates a concealed structural steel frame which provides earthquake resistance. You can also visit a small museum which displays old paintings, photographs,and exhibits about the Ohlone Indians.
Here is the postcard showing where we can find the 21 Spanish Missions.
Inside of the church.
This was the first Mission we visited , we were able to see two more that day. I will write about them in another post.