on February 3, 2002
A remarkably preserved mission built in 1771, the Basilica is an active church to this day. The grounds and original buildings were restored in the 1920's and the museum paints a well-balanced story of the lives of missionaries and their effect on local peoples. The rainbow of colors in the gardens surrounding the mission are spectacular and I used a couple of rolls of film trying to capture the vibrant purples, reds and oranges contrasted against the beige stucco of the mission walls. The mission is a peak into the past of the Monterey peninsula and an important part of it's history. If you are interested in cultural and historical sites, this is one to see during your visit to the area.
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