The California missions were founded by Father Serra and the Franciscans in the mid to late 1700s. Each mission has its own persona. Mission Carmel is the only mission made out of sandstone, and it happens to be where the saintly Father Serra is buried. A cork tree in the garden reminds one of how practical the Spaniards were. La Purissima is more like a town than a mission, and has reenactments with period dress. Mission San Juan Capistrano has a tiny little chapel where the latin mass is still said, but you have to get there over an hour early to get a seat. Every one of the missions took what was available from the local materials in order to bring about a civilized society, a huge leap given the circumstances. Each of the missions has taken huge hits from earthquakes, hence the need to make the walls as thick and as strong as straw and adobe mud will make them.
That is wild ... I was thinking that they are out in the desert but they are basically the original Cities in California, I don’t know why I thought what I thought.
I visited their Websites and just WOW, I can just imagine
(We have the Alamo, down town San Antonio)
I love FR, I learn so much
I live in Riverside CA, and any time I get the chance I go to one of the missions. They have an air that can’t be explained. My wife and I go to Mission San Juan Capistrano every year on our anniversary. No particular reason we started that other than we love it.