California Missions

California Missions: San Francisco de Asís

On our quest to visit all 21 of the California Missions, we stopped by San Francisco de Asís this weekend. The mission was originally founded in 1776 with the still standing mission building constructed in 1791. The adjacent basilica was finished in 1918 after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed the brick church that sat on that spot. Although the original mission is constructed of non-earthquake proof adobe, it survived the earthquake that leveled most of the neighborhood.

Father and Saint Junípero Serra directed the creation of this Mission. He is called the “Apostle of California” but generally seen as a controversial figure because of his treatment of the native Americans.

San Francisco de Asis Steeple
Taken from between the Old Mission and the Basilica.
San Francisco de Asis dioroma
In the courtyard between the old Mission and the Basilica there is a diorama showing the original plan for the Mission. This was especially neat for the kids who had a hard time imagining the busy Mission District before it was developed.
San Francisco de Asis collage detail
A detail shot of the tile collage displayed in the courtyard.
San Francisco de Asis
View from one of only 2 cemeteries remaining in San Francisco. Although it is only a fraction of its former size, the cemetery is storied and full of the history of the Mission. In addition to the gravestones a thatched Ohlone hut stands as a tribute to the native Americans.
San Francisco de Asis Chapel
Supposedly one of the most lavishly styled Missions in California, the highlight for me was the unique and beautiful painted ceiling. It was painted with vegetable based paints by native Americans.
San Francisco de Asis Basilica
The 1918 Basilica contains stained glass windows that represent each of the 21 Missions in California.
San Francisco de Asis
The 1918 Basilica dwarfs the original Mission Chapel, but in style the simple unadorned Chapel can hold its own with its more detailed younger sister!

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