|detail of the painted reredos at Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad|
We decided to stop at a couple of these missions on our way back to San Francisco. And I had my camera with me.
|Interior of the Soledad chapel|
Originally built in 1791, the chapel and one wing of the original quadrangle were completely restored in 1955, and the chapel still has the original title floor.
|a simple painted dado and border in the Soledad mission chapel|
|Soledad chapel ceiling|
|geometric border in the Soledad chapel|
|the lovely corredor porch of Soledad Mission|
|The nave of San Juan Bautista, the largest of the California Missions.|
Built in 1797 directly above the San Andreas fault, the largest of the California missions has survived a number of earthquakes. Much of the original structure remains, and the church has been fairly recently restored.
|arcade border in the nave, the piers are painted with folksy faux marble panels|
|The altar and reredos at San Juan Bautista houses six beautiful santos|
|A small chapel with wonderful stenciled garlands|
|The back of the church with its simple trompe l'oeil columns. "This is the House of God, and the Gate to Heaven"|
|This simple guilloche border is used throughout the church in different colors.|
|A room in the convento painted in deep blue and red borders|
|I have no idea what the banner over this door is supposed to mean.|
all photos in this post by Lynne Rutter December 2011.
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