California was originally colonized by Spain. First came explorers, then came the soldiers, and not far behind the soldiers came the missionaries. The first group of of soldiers accompanied by Franciscan missionaries came to Alta California (the part above Mexico) in 1769. The priests were led by Father Junipero Serra, now known as the father of California missions. I live very close to two of those missions, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. In this gallery I will focus on Mission San Miguel.
Unlike some of the California missions I have visited, Mission San Miguel Archangel is a very peaceful place. Although it’s very close to Highway 101, visitors hardly notice the freeway. I did not notice any commercial areas next to the mission.
In this gallery I will show you some of my favorite photos of Mission San Miguel. I took all of them and they may not be used without my written permission by anyone else.
This is the mission courtyard. As you can see, most of the plants are cacti. You can also see how rural the area around the mission is. The mission church, which still holds services, is in the background. It was closed for a long time after what locals call the San Simeon earthquake in 2003. I experienced that earthquake. It killed two people in Paso Robles. It also damaged this mission and many other structures in Paso Robles and Atascadero.
This cemetery was one of the plainest I've ever been in. Very few of the graves are marked. Both Indians and missionaries are buried here, along with a few others.
Although I have many more photos, I won't put them all in this post. I don't like to make multi-page posts. I will focus on other parts of the mission in future posts.