Church - Part 2
Navigation for San José:
If you've been following the tour you just left the Church page which showed the three altars in the Mission Church along with all of their decorations. But, that's only part of the beauty that makes up the interior of the Church. Here is the rest of the art and things you should see...
The painted walls in the Church were recreated by Richard Menn of Carmel and his assistants and they followed the design of the original baptismal font. Made of hammered copper with a wooden pedestal. Installed in the 1830's. Augustin Davila painted the font and all of the redecorated Church interior at that time.
On the museum pages you read about Father Durán's love of music and how he attempted to get an organ for the Church. While he never did, an organ that closely matches the specifications he desired now sits in the choir loft in the Church.
It seems odd to call doors art but in this Church they certainly measure up with the various decorations around them. There are three doors that qualify. See if you agree.
Found this door to be interesting both in design and in the statue over the door. As you zoom in on the statue see if you agree that it appears the person (St. Francis?) is juggling the baby.
This door has been closed off and is the location of the baptismal font seen above.
Use this door to exit to the cemetery and you'll have to return back through this door in order to continue your tour.
Other Statues and Paintings
The remaining artworks are various paintings. They are presented here without description as I saw no plaques by the paintings and the tour brouchure did not provide any detail for the paintings. Enjoy...
Near the statue of Saint Joachim is a plaque that celebrates the re-building of the Church.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross in this Church are bright pictures similar to those that often come from Mexico. The gallery below shows all fourteen of the Stations. Click on a thumbnail to show the full image and then navigate between them in the lightbox or just click on the play button and watch the slide show.
Pictures taken 11:57am 22 Feb 2012
Now, exit the side door to tour the Cemetery...