Mission San Francisco Solano Chapel

The chapel you see today was built by General Mariano Vallejo between 1840 and 1841. It replaced the original church which was at the other side (east side) of the Mission (three houses sit there today). Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able […]

Mission San Francisco Solano Exterior

When you are finished with your tour of the main portions of the Mission, go back outside and take a look around. In particular, turn left out the door and go down to that pathway mentioned on the previous page. There you can clearly see some of the roof construction as it might have looked […]

Sonoma Plaza

Sonoma Plaza is an eight-acre National Historic Landmark that is mostly park with many shade trees surrounded by historic buildings and quaint shops. In the middle of the plaza sits Sonoma’s City Hall. Besides being the centerpiece of the town, the plaza was the site of the Bear Flag Revolt. In June 1846, a group […]

Lachryma Montis

Lachryma Montis, the house and estate built by General Mariano G. Vallejo when he returned to Sonoma as a State Senator, is built on a natural spring the Indians called “Chiucuyem” or mountain tears. In respect, the General named the estate Lachryma Montis or “mountain tear” in Latin. When Vallejo’s fortune dwindled in the 1870s […]

Mission San Francisco Solano Courtyard

Exit from the museum into the courtyard. Turn left after going through the door and you will see an area covered over with growth that covers the area where a second half of the building once stood. Look closely at the wall. Those pieces of wood sticking out of the plaster once connected to others. […]

The Sonoma Barracks

The Sonoma Barracks are directly across the street (West) from the Mission. Your admission price to the Mission includes the barracks or, if you purchase an admission at the barracks it will be good at the Mission. The displays in the barracks are mostly directed toward the life of the soldiers but also include some […]

Mission San Rafael Parish Church

The San Rafael parish church has become a landmark for the city. While you are at the Mission be sure to step over and see the church; particularly if you like stained glass windows.The statue of the Angel Saint Rafael appears to be blessing the entire city from the hill where the church sits above […]

Mission San Rafael Church Interior

The interior of Mission San Rafael is more modern than Mission-era style. If you did not know this was a Mission you would think it was just a simple parish church upon entering. Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on […]

Mission San Rafael Church Exterior

As pointed out on the history page, the original San Rafael Mission church was completely destroyed after Secularization and a new parish church built on the Mission site. The Mission reconstruction that you see here is basically very much a guess at the original structure and, if you compare this layout with the picture on […]

Santa Margarita Asistencia

Front Picture taken 2:39pm 28 Feb 2012Back Picture taken 2:45pm 28 Feb 2012 Santa Margarita de Cortona was a sub-mission of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. It was established around 1787 as a means of serving a concentration of Chumash Indians in the area. Some of the original walls still stand, incorporated into a […]