Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mission San Miguel

Apologies for the graininess of these photos; they were taken in very low light, and the camera pushes to 1600 ASA under those conditions. Nonetheless, I wanted to show the frescoes inside the Mission San Miguel, which just reopened after a restoration to repair earthquake damage. The mission was established in 1797; the church itself was completed in 1821, at around which time these frescoes were designed by Esteban Munras of Monterey and painted by the local Salinan people. The frescoes are unrestored and original, and although the building itself has been made safe for occupation there's still plenty of earthquake damage in evidence.

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