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From the museum you enter the main church at the rear (#3 on the map). Like most mission churches, this one is long and narrow with a wood-beam ceiling.
The first thing you see across from the museum door, in a niche, is the Mission bapistry. Behind the locked gate is the old baptismal font.
Bapistry
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002
Baptismal font
Picture taken 2:00pm 3 Apr 2002

From the back of the church you get a long view of the altar. This is an active church and my visit was shortly after Easter so the altar is decorated with the Easter cross and Easter lilies.

Altar long view
Picture taken 2:05pm 3 Apr 2002

During the Bicentennial Fiesta I was able to get a longer shot from the choir loft (normally closed) during Mass.


Picture taken 1:05pm 15 Aug 2004

A close look at the altar shows the typical mission layout with the patron saint (Saint Agnes in this case) featured directly above the center of the altar.

The painted decorations are a restoration but closely follow what was believed to be the original decorations.

Altar closeup
Picture taken 2:05pm 3 Apr 2002
To the left and right sides of the altar are large paintings from the period and hanging on the right wall next to the painting is a carved wooden cross from 18th century Mexico. Note that the crucifix is long with respect to the body of Christ. This it typical of crosses from that period.
Altar picture on left
Picture taken 2:05pm 3 Apr 2002
Cross by altar
Picture taken 2:05pm 3 Apr 2002
Altar picture on right
Picture taken 2:05pm 3 Apr 2002
Be certain to wander up and down the church looking at all the various statues and niches. Each has a unique story to tell.
Madona
Picture taken 2:10pm 3 Apr 2002
Mary and Joseph
Picture taken 2:10pm 3 Apr 2002
This statue is called the "Madona of the Rosary" and is an 18th century polychrome wood carving.
These statues of the Blessed Virgin, the Christ child, and St. Joseph were taken from a 17th century Mexican nativity set.

The exit from the Mission Church leads into the garden...Trail

 

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