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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 2/29/2012 and created with PTGui panorama photo software

Entering the church from the plaza side (main door) you see down its length to the altar. As mission churches go, this one is better lit. Natural light from the seating area to the right of the altar contributes much of this light (although the interior lights were also on, which helped).

Church interior
Picture taken 3:05pm 8 Jul 2001

There are no original decorations but the pattern on the rear wall is of the type one might have found originally. It was discovered under the wood interior that had been added to the church and then stripped off during the 1934 restoration. The side statues, while not original, are early mission-era art.

Left side statue
Picture taken
1:25pm 8 Jul 2001
Main altar
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1:25pm 8 Jul 2001
Right side statue
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1:25pm 8 Jul 2001

Other art found in the church dates to the 1800s. You'll find both paintings and statuary. Look around as some exists in alcoves off the main body of the church and the seating area to the right of the altar.

Holy family
Picture taken 1:30pm 8 Jul 2001

Unknown
Picture taken 1:30pm 8 Jul 2001

St. Isabel of Portugal
Mary
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1:30pm 8 Jul 2001
Sacred Heart
Sacred  Heart
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1:30pm 8 Jul 2001
St. Jude
St. Jude
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1:30pm 8 Jul 2001
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima
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1:30pm 8 Jul 2001
Mary with Jesus
Mary with Jesus
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1:30pm 8 Jul 2001
Icon at side door
Picture taken
1:30pm 8 Jul 2001

While you are visiting the church, also make note of the side tabernacle.

Tabernacle
Picture taken 1:25pm 8 Jul 2001

And, don't forget to look down. As with most mission churches some of the padres who served the church are buried there. This particular crypt holds the remains of Padre Luis Gil y Taboada who visited the Mission 18 Nov 1815 and served as pastor there 20 Dec 1831 to 21 Nov 1833.


Picture taken 1:30pm 8 Jul 2001

Added 2004: On a visit to the Mission for a concert I noted a restored statue of Saint Louis of Toulouse added to the left wall by the altar. On asking I found that the statue had just been restored. The restorer found the original to have been made with black gloves so these were left on the Bishop's hands. The statue is carved from wood, coated with gesso, gilded with gold leaf, painted and fitted with glass eyes. During restoration two prior "restorations" had to be removed to find the original. (Ref: Kenyon, Carol, "Conservation of Mission Art". Boletín, The Journal of The California Mission Studies Association, Vol 20, No 1, 2003, pp. 37-49.)


Picture taken 6:40pm 13 Feb 2004

That completes the tour of the inside of the Mission.

Exit the church by the left side entrance and tour the garden next...Trail

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