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Spanish Missions in Baja California

Mexico


San Vicente Ferrer - 1780

Very little remains of this northernmost mission in Baja California.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Vicente Ferrer

 thumbnail - Ruins of Mission San Vicente

Ruins of Mission San Vicente

San Vicente, Baja California, Mexico

March 30, 2004
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San Fernando Velicata - 1769

A few stone foundations are the reward for taking this back road in the desert of Baja California.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Fernando Rey de Espana de Velicata

 thumbnail - Ruins of Mission San Fernando Velicata

Ruins of Mission San Fernando Velicata

south of El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico

March 19, 2004
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El Marmol
Catavina Boulder Field

Mission Santa Maria - 1767

Though it is not too far from the main road at Catavina, the road to Mission Santa Maria is so bad it has been dubbed Mission Impossible. Nevertheless, it is hikable, and I hope to go there on my next Baja trip.

Wikipedia article: Mision Santa Maria de los Angeles


San Borja - 1762

The superb stone church and irrigation system at remote San Borja attest to the skill and energy of the priest and his native followers who built them.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Francisco Borja

 thumbnail - Inside the stone church at San Borja

Inside the stone church at San Borja

San Borja, Baja California, Mexico

March 21, 2004
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Mission San Borja
Road to Mission San Borja

Mission Santa Gertrudis - 1751

Mission Santa Gertrudis is out at the end of a long unpaved road. It is in a small settlement and the church was largely rebuilt in the 1990's.

Wikipedia article: Mision Santa Gertrudis


San Ignacio - 1706

The huge solid church in San Ignacio would seem more at home in a major city than this small town.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Ignacio Kadakaaman

 thumbnail - At the crossing of the nave inside Mission San Ignacio

At the crossing of the nave inside Mission San Ignacio

San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico

March 22, 2004
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Mulege - 1705

A coastal oasis, Mulege has a stone mission church built like a fortress.

Wikipedia article: Mision Santa Rosalia de Mulege

 thumbnail - Santa Rosalia Mission in Mulege

Santa Rosalia Mission in Mulege

Mulege, Baja California, Mexico

March 22, 2004
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Between Mulege and Bahia Concepcion
Santispac

Loreto - 1697

Loreto was once the capital of all California and its mission became a cathedral.

Wikipedia article: Mision de Nuestra Senora de Loreto Concho

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Courtyard at the mission

Loreto, Baja California, Mexico

March 24, 2004
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San Javier - 1702

Many miles of unpaved roads must be traveled to visit the impressive stone church of San Javier in the interior mountains of Baja.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Francisco Javier de Vigge-Biaundo

 thumbnail - The stone church at Mission San Javier

The stone church at Mission San Javier

San Javier, Baja California, Mexico

March 24, 2004
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Road to San Javier

San Luis Gonzaga - 1721

San Luis Gonzaga is a tiny village with an historic adobe church.

Wikipedia article: Mision San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui

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The mission and village of San Luis Gonzaga

San Luis Gonzaga, Baja California, Mexico

March 25, 2004
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La Paz

La Paz is the only real city in southern Baja, with a large solid cathedral.

Wikipedia article: La Paz, Baja California Sur

 thumbnail - Plaza Constitucion and the mssion church, La Paz

Plaza Constitucion and the mssion church, La Paz

La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

March 26, 2004
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Waterfront Malecon in La Paz

Todos Santos - 1733

The mission church of All Saints - Todos Santos.

Wikipedia article: Mision Santa Rosa de las Palmas

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The plaza and mission church in Todos Santos

Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

March 28, 2004
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South of Todos Santos

San Jose del Cabo - 1735

The southernmost mission on the Baja California Peninsula, on the plaza in San Jose del Cabo.

Wikipedia article: Mision Estero de las Palmas de San Jose del Cabo Anuiti

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The plaza and mission church at San Jose del Cabo

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico

March 27, 2004
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Los Cabos
Cabo San Lucas

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