U. S. Mission Trail / The Mission Trail Today - The Spanish Missions in California
Slide Show This site is owned, designed, and operated by Kenneth A. Larson who has over a quarter century of experience in design and construction of scenery for the Entertainment Industry and Theme Parks using Computer Aided and Traditional approaches to Design. Ken also has experience in other areas of Design.
Select photographs of my many visits to The Missions of the United States South and Southwest built by Spain and Mexico between 1565 and 1823.
All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2013.

Explanation.

Mission San Antonio de Pala

Photography Gallery

Grounds

San Antonio de Pala
Asistencia
Main Page
Grounds
Grounds
Church
Church
Other Buildings
Other Buildings
Campanile
Campanile
image pending
Exhibits
Quadrangle
Quadrangle
Cemetery
Cemetery
image pending
Corpus Christi Fiesta
Outlying Area
Outlying Area

Bell Tower and Cross
Bell Tower, Cross, and El Camino Real bell. Photo date: 1-24-04.
Statue
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Roof
Underside of porch to church. Photo date: 1-24-04.
Mission San Antonio de Pala

Cemetery:

The Mission cemetery is the final resting place for hundreds of Native American converts to Catholicism and other early California pioneers.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower from Cemetery.Photo date: 1-24-04.
Bell Tower
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Bell Tower
Photo date: 1-24-04.



Campanile:
Mission Pala is unique in having the only free-standing bell tower or campanile. It is believed to be inspired by a tower in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The graceful curves of the tower contrast to the straight lines of the quadrangle. The tower is about 50 feet tall, including the 15 foot base and topped with a cross and a cactus (see below). The larger (lower) of the two bells cast in Mexico is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, San Luis King, Saint Clara, and Saint Eulalia. The smaller (upper) bell is dedicated to Jesus and Mary. Mission Pala is know for being mission with a free-standing bell tower. The local people were proud of their campanile and kept it in good repair throughout the hard times. The original campanile was built on an adobe base which was undermined by a flood in 1916 and collapsed. It was quickly rebuilt on a stone and concrete base. Behind the bell tower is the "Old Luiseño Cemetery" where hundreds of Native Americans are buried.

The original Bell Tower is a copy of a tower in Ciudad Juarez, Chi, Mexico. It is unusual in that it is detached from the church building, standing isolated about 20 feet south of the church. The two bells were cast in Mexico. The larger bell is dedicated to Saint Francis, Saint Luis the King, Saint Clare, and Saint Eulalia and names Cervantes as the maker. The smaller bell is dedicated to Jesus and Mary. When the WPA rebuilt the Estancia San Bernardino, it copied this bell tower.
Bell Tower
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Bell Tower
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Cactus
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Cactus
Photo date: 1-24-04.
Atop the Bell Tower is a cactus. The legend of the cactus says that Father Peyri climbed the tower in 1816 to place a cross atop it to indicate that the construction of the Mission was now complete. He then planted a tiny cactus at the foot of the cross to symbolize that Christ would conquer the desert, not only of Southern California, but also of the human heart and soul. Another story tells of a bird filled with joy at nesting so close to the cross, burst into song and dropped a cactus seed into the still soft adobe.








Church:
Church
The chapel measures 144 feet by 27 feet and is made of sun backed adobe brick, most are the original bricks. The floor is original but the roof has been replaced. The walls are covered with Indian art. The crucifix above the altar is of Bestardo wood from Michoacan, Mexico. The original artwork was covered by the restoration of 1903 but later restored by Indian artist Antonio Lugo. Some of the roof timbers are original and others are from the restoration of 1903. The timbers are from Palomar Mountain, home to one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. Many of the roof tiles are original. Sometime in the mid-1900s, the wood altar, which had been damaged by termites, was replaced with a granite altar.
Church Interior
Interior of church interior.
Church Interior
Front of church interior.
Church Interior
Altar.
Back Wall
Back wall of church.
Art Work
Art work by native population.
Art Work
Art work by native population.
Niche
Side niche.








Other buildings:
Front facade
Front facade. Photo date: 1-24-04.
Front facade
Front wall of quadrangle. Photo date: 1-24-04.
Chimney
Chimney.
Chimney
Chimney.
Entrance
Entrance
School
School.
Franciscan Sisters
Franciscan Sisters.
Rectory / Residence
Rectory / Residence.



Quadrangle:
Quadrangle
Interior Quadrangle.
Fountain
Fountain in Quadrangle.
Cross
Cross.
Cross
Cross.
Shrine
Shrine.
Shrine
Shrine.
Quadrangle and Garden
Quadrangle and garden
Statue
Statue.
Quadrangle
Interior Quadrangle.
Quadrangle
Interior Quadrangle.
Avocado Tree
Avocado tree.
Art
Native art.
Folk Art
Mission Folk Art. Crucifix.
Folk Art
Mission Folk Art. Walnut shell chain.
Surounding areas:
Learning Center
New Child Care facility/Learning Center.


Pala Casino
The new Pala Casino has brought economic opportunity and tourists to the Pala Community. Disclaimer, I do not endorse gaming.
San Antonio de Pala
Asistencia
Main Page
Grounds
Grounds
Church
Church
Other Buildings
Other Buildings
Campanile
Campanile
image pending
Exhibits
Quadrangle
Quadrangle
Cemetery
Cemetery
image pending
Corpus Christi Fiesta
Outlying Area
Outlying Area

Sources:

Also:
The Story of Mission San Antonio de Pala by Father J. M. Carillo M.C.C.J. Pastor of Mission San Antonio de Pala, © April 1959. Available at Gift Shop.
Back
Main California Page
Main U. S. Page
Previous Asistencia
South to North
Next Asistencia
Home Mission
California/Map
Asistencias/Estancia
Top US Page Back
This page last updated: Sunday, 11-Aug-2013 02:23:42 EDT
Note:This is not the official site for any of the places shown in US Mission Trail. US Mission Trail is not responsible for accuracy of the information. Hours of operations, prices, and exhibits are subject to change without notice.

Support this Web Site

I hope that you find this web site helpful. It started because of my love for the California Missions and interest in History. I don't allow paid advertising (but this may change). This web site is for your benefit and enjoyment and I make no profit on it. For ten years it has been supported primarily from my regular paycheck as a Set Designer and there haven't been many the last few years. I can no longer run it without help. Alternative funding is needed. A non-tax deductable donation helps cover the cost of operating this web site and may be made to Kesign Design Consulting through PayPal.

Buy my Photographs or Art.
My Art

Or donations can be mailed to the address on the contact page.
If you are in the need of a designer, please see my portfolio site www.kesigndesign.com.
Kesign Design Consulting
or Set Design Portfolio.

Links

Home | Contact | Sales | Ken Larson | K L Images | Places Earth
Web Design This site maintained by Kenneth A. Larson.
Copyright © 2004 - 2013, Kenneth A. Larson. All Rights Reserved.
Website content including photographic and graphic images may not be redistributed for use on another website.
Please Don't Pirate Videos
Valid HTML 5 Transitional Valid CSS!