|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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