So my love affair and fascination with California's Spanish missions continues - each one is so unique and so, so beautiful in its own way. This is San Gabriel Mission Arcangel in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, not too far from where we live.
This mission is so very different from other missions. It has that wild look - it could be a wildlife sanctuary! In fact, there were quite a few birds chirping as I was admiring this view of Virgin Mary's sculpture in the 'wildlife garden.' It may seem a bit 'run-down,' but that is what imparts such a unique character to this mission.
The mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra on Sept 8, 1771, as the fourth of the missions in California. Named after the Archangel Gabriel, it was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado who gave the building its strong Moorish architectural style. The capped buttresses and the tall, narrow windows are unique among the missions of the California chain. The Mission was damaged by the Whittier Narrows earthquake on October 1, 1987, hence the run-down look. The Mission has not been fully restored, but I like the ravaged look because it imparts such a wonderful character.
Thanks to the following groups for featuring this work:
(1) Christian Theme Artwork, 11/22/2015
(2) Catholic Art Gallery, 11/23/2015
� Ram Vasudev
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November 21st, 2015
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