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Lovely small church with museum adjacent

Small but calm and cool and a great spiritual respite from vacation activities - this authentically... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
KPYMALIBU
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Malibu, California
Great California history

Visit the first of the California missions. The first of the string of missions that reach into... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
TPH_12
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Orangevale, California
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This beautiful building is the oldest mission in Baja.
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Calle Salvatierra 14 | Centro, Loreto 23880, Mexico
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Small but calm and cool and a great spiritual respite from vacation activities - this authentically rebuilt church is on the site of the original FIRST mission in the Californias. Museum adjacent.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Visit the first of the California missions. The first of the string of missions that reach into present day Northern California. School kids in California all learn about the California Missions, but I do not recall hearing about the Mexico Missions that started it all....More

Thank TPH_12
Reviewed 27 March 2018

This is a very nice mission from all standards. It stands in an area where there are plenty of restaurants and plazas to explore and relax. It is typical of the Baja Missions. However, I would advise anybody who is staying in Loreto or the...More

Thank Luciano L
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Students of California history will appreciate that this is the very first of the Spanish Missions that now dot the coast of The Californias, from Baja to what is now Northern California in the US. This mission was established in 1697. It's quite simple. The...More

Thank MichaelinPV
Reviewed 5 March 2018

A fascinating place to visit and very well preserved considering it was built 317 years ago. It is set in an idyllic location and it gives one a feeling of peace as soon as you set your eyes on it. They have an organic farm...More

Thank junaidadil
Reviewed 23 February 2018

This mission church was the beginning to the Camino Real leading up into California. The sense of history is palpable. It remains an active church and we was town locals attending mass throughout the week.

Thank RaftingGuy1945
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Worth 20 - 30 minutes to visit as you stroll thru El Centro. As a active church it has a history going back 300 years. This is a simple mission church without the gilding or dramatic architecture of European cathedrals. Simple and purposeful place of...More

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 3 January 2018

There isn't much to "do" here but appreciate the test of time and the efforts those who worked to bring forth change and growth. Disagree with their methods may, but there's no denying their impact. This is the first mission of all missions as we...More

Thank suraimcfly
Reviewed 4 December 2017

This is a simple and elegant small church with great historical value. It was first built in 1697 and led to the establishment of the Spanish missions farther up the coast into what is now California. The building is rather spartan but aethestically pleasing and...More

Thank james p
Reviewed 4 December 2017

The Mission church is in the centre of town and should not be missed. It has an interesting history and is one of Loretos highlights!

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