After visiting the Mission San Antonio de Padua, we drove to see the Mission San Miguel Arcángel. This was the 16th of the 21 California Mission founded on July 25, 1797. It was named for The Archangel Michael. The mission was very prosperous during the mission period with a large community of Native Americans living nearby. The Mission was fully restored after the earthquake of 2003. It was closed for a while but now it looks much as it was throughout most of its history.
To share my visits of the Missions, the text will be short, I will rather let the pictures tell the story of what we saw.
Visiting a Spanish Mission is enjoyable. Sometimes the gardens are beautiful or the museum is really interesting. They are all different. This one had a very good museum with lots of information. The garden had 30 varieties of cactus, some roses and olive trees.
Inside the church we can see The EYE OF GOD shown in clouds representing heaven with divine rays. This is the largest and most beautiful GOD’S EYE in any of the California missions today. The center statue is St.Michael the patron of the San Miguel church.
The interior of the church is one of the best preserved of all the mission. Interesting drawings. Its wall and ceiling decorations have never been repainted. On the photo above, to the left, we see a large shell representing baptism- the only shell of this size in any of the California Missions. The columns, copies of columns in the Forum of Rome, were done by the artist Don Esteban Munras from Monterey. The outside lines are thinner than those in the middle giving a round look to them.
As I said it was the 16th mission founded in California and for us it was also the 16th mission we visited since the very first one (San Juan Capistrano) in March 2013.
Thanks for your visit . We have a few more Missions to see on that trip…