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Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be able to be used to zoom in and out. If one or more of these behaviors does not work click on the full screen icon (top right corner) and try the behavior again. If you are at full screen, press the ESCape key to have the panorama return to this page.

Panorama taken 2/27/2012 and created with PTGui panorama photo software

Despite the remoteness of this Mission I found the Church interior to be an outstanding example of Mission architecture. The colors and layout of the interior directly reflected what it must have looked like during the Mission's active period (except for the modern pews, of course)


Picture taken 4:05pm 9 Mar 2005

As you approach the altar from the side-door entrance look to the right for the pulpit. Most Missions have this raised pulpit where the readings and sermon were delivered. The pulpit was not only raised to give visibility to the priest but was designed to focus the sounds for the congregation.

Picture taken 4:00pm 9 Mar 2005

The altar complex is a series of three altars. The center altar is the focus of attention and the flanking side altars are used for various ceremonies. The South side altar has a statue of the Virgin Mary (Immaculate Conception) and is original to the Mission. The North side altar has a statue of Saint Joseph and, while from the Mission era in Santa Barbara, is not original to the Mission.

Virgin Mary (Immaculate Conception)

Picture taken 4:05pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:05pm 9 Mar 2005
St. Joseph

Picture taken 4:05pm 9 Mar 2005
The statues on the main altar are all original to the Mission. The names of the Saints represented are listed here along with detailed pictures.
 
San Miguel (St. Michael)

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005
 
St. Bonaventure

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005
St. Anthony

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005
St. Francis

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005

Before you leave the altar area, look down at the floor under the main altar. There you will see three sets of graves; the two on the sides are double with a single gravesite under the altar itself. They are labeled A, B, C, D, and E and there is a plaque on the South wall of the Church (to your left facing the altar) that describes who it buried in which crypt. I've written the names (only) below the pictures here. The Padres buried here are also mentioned in the Mission history.


Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:10pm 9 Mar 2005
  • A = Padre Bueneventura Sitjar
  • B = Padre Francisco Pujol
  • C = Padre Juan Bautista Sancho
  • D = Padre Vicente de Sarria
  • E = Reverend Doretéo Ambrís
Looking back from the altar you see the choir loft and two large paintings. The paintings are copies of earlier works (the one on the left below is a copy of a 1585 painting by Jean Cousin le Jeune done in Mexico and brought to the Mission) and were used by the Padres for teaching. Sweeping biblical scenes could be used to emphasize various Bible passages and serve as visual reminders for the Indians.

Picture taken 4:15pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:00pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:00pm 9 Mar 2005
At the rear of the Church is a niche with an altar in a spot the more typically is seen as a baptismal area for a Mission. The statue to the left of the altar is of Saint Anthony (without the child normally seen in statues of Saint Anthony). Sadly, this is a replica as the original statue was stolen from the Mission and has never been recovered.

Picture taken 4:00pm 9 Mar 2005

Picture taken 4:00pm 9 Mar 2005

On 12 April 2008, the Mission held what they hope to be an annual Mission Days celebration. Featured were various displays of mission-era craft displays and, in the Church, a concert featuring the New World Baroque Orchestra which performed multiple pieces written by Padre Juan Bautista Sancho at Mission San Antonio. And, to the surprise of many, they even featured two bagpipe pieces as it turns out, despite the fact they are not mentioned in museum displays that I've seen, bagpipes were a form of instrument used in the missions. Two pictures here illustrate the concert...

2008  Concert
Picture taken 2:35pm 12 Apr 2008
2008 Bagpipes
Picture taken 2:25pm 12 Apr 2008

Now, let's go back outside and look around the Mission grounds Trail

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