Hello readers… another post on our visit to the Spanish Missions in California.
Finally, it was the day were going to visit Mission San Buenaventura, Mission by the Sea. Named for Saint Bonaventure, a 13th century Franciscan cardinal and renowned philosopher. The very last mission we were going to see – of the 21st of all the Spanish Missions in California. Here is the front of the church seen from the other side of the street. The church has 5 bells, the oldest dating to 1781.
The first church was destroyed by a fire , the second was abandoned during construction. The present church was not completed before 1809 and was almost completely destroyed by earthquakes and tidal waves in 1812. another earthquake damaged the church in 1925 and was repaired in 1950.
This Mission is located in Ventura. On Easter Sunday March 31, 1782, Father Serra raised a cross and celebrated Mass to found his 9th and final mission. He died two years later before the founding of Mission Santa Barbara.
In the church, lots of restoration was underway .
It might be odd that we wanted to see all the missions as we are not people going to church and we are not Americans. As I often said they are nice places to see with lots of history . It gave us a good reason to stop in all the cities where there is a mission.
The very first mission we visited was in March 2013. It was Mission San Juan Capistrano. On that day, I had purchased a postcard showing the location of the 21 missions in California. Soon after we made plans to see more of them. The last one we visited was on February 20, 2017. I am quite certain that many people living in California have not visited them all. If you read this and found it interesting, let me know. And I hope you still continue to read my blog on different places I visit.
Thank you .