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MM 2-25 Missions in Monochrome — San Carlos Cathedral: The Mission that Never Was (a Mission)

For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 2-25 I have decided to submit another photo in the series I call Missions in Monochrome. This cathedral that we visited recently stands at the site where Father Junipero Serra said his first Mass at … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: San Francisco’s Mission Dolores

A Spanish soldier named Jose Joaquin Moraga and a Spanish priest named Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis on June 29, 1776, a week before John Hancock and others signed the Declaration of Independence three thousand miles away. … Continue reading

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Monochrome Madness 2-4: Missions in Monochrome — Mission San Jose

Leanne Cole has suggested the theme of MM for her Monochrome Madness Challenge 2-4 and so I have decided to add another posting in my series on California Missions that I have been calling Missions in Monochrome. Today we will … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara is the tenth of the 21 California Missions. It was founded by the Franciscan friar Fermín de Lasuén on December 4, 1786 which is the feast day of Saint Barbara. It is often called the Queen of … Continue reading

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The Palace and the Bridge

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris and was completed on Armistice Day, 1924. It stands in the middle of a golf course on San Francisco’s Lands … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Mission Santa Cruz

Mission Santa Cruz, founded by Father Fermin Lasuen in 1791, is the twelfth of the 21 California Missions. It is often called the Hard-luck Mission because of its history of misfortunes. In 1812 one of the early Franciscan missionaries was … Continue reading

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Missions in Monochrome: Mission San Juan Bautista

Native American members of the Mutsun tribe were there first. Then came the Spanish missionary Father Fermin Lasuen (1797). He was followed by John C Fremont (1846) and Patrick Breen (1848). Alfred Hitchcock dropped by in 1957. It was a … Continue reading

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