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I walked all around the grounds of the missions, of course, and found a section of the El Camino Real that appeared to me just exactly as it might have a couple hundred years ago, minus the traffic of padres, soldiers, and indians.
Written Apr 15, 2007
From San Francisco.............................175 south on Hiway 101. Take the exit marked Jolon Road (G14). There is also a historical sign announcing this exit.
Once on Jolon Road, travel 18 miles. Take a right on Mission Creek Road. You will travel through the Fort Hunter Liggett military base entrance gate. Please continue 5 miles. The Mission is on your left with a well-marked sign. See map.
Of all Spanish California missions, San Antonio de Padua is the most faithfully restored. This is what a mission really looked like. Artifacts of the missionaries and their neophyte's are on display.
Frescoes of their daily life, and the painstaking restoration of the mission's workings make it a valuable and educational museum.
All that's really different here from the old days is the Indians ...
The mission is in the Diocese of Monterey
Mass schedule is:
Daily in side Chapel 7:30 am with the Franciscans
Holy Days 7:30 am and 7:00 pm
Saturday (Sunday Vigil) at Lake San Antonio Visitor Center, S.Shore
Winter hours: 4:00 pm.........
Summer hours: 7:00 pm
Sundays in Mission Church 10:00 am
Written Apr 6, 2003
I love the old way of building with the adobe bricks, with the irregular lines. The light and shadow here is really striking, I think.
Updated Jan 22, 2005
One of the things that is a surprise is to come across a peacock wandering around the overgrown courtyard of the mission.
Written Jan 22, 2005