Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mission Dolores

Also known as Misión San Francisco de Asís, the mission was established in 1776. The diorama pictured here was created for the 1939 World's Fair at San Francisco and represents the mission and its setting as it would have looked in 1791.
The original chapel built in 1791 still stands and is the oldest extant building from the missions of California. The decorative altar above was made in San Blas, Mexico and brought here in 1796.
The wood carving of Mater Dolorosa, Our Lady of Sorrows, stands above the main altar of the new Basilica next door, built in 1918.

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