Mission Nombre de Dios
The mission grounds are so quiet and undisturbed . . . unless you happen to visit when the bells are ringing. I’ve experienced that quite a few times, and have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand it has a special ambiance all its own and I can appreciate it, but on the other hand, it’s quite the racket. Here, I stood inside the wooden bell-tower and took a close-up of the apparatus. Luckily for me, it was quiet at the moment.
The interesting thing about this photo isn’t where it’s taken, but what you can see. The 17TH century-style Spanish watchtower provides not only a historical experience but also great views of the surrounding historic homes along St. George Street. On this photo from left to right: Part of the Antonio de Mesa-Juan Sanchez house ( an original Spanish and American home built between the 18TH and 19TH centuries); St. Photios Greek Orthodox shrine AKA the Avero house (constructed in 1748); the Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez and Raimundo Arrivas homes (both dating from the 18TH and 19TH centuries); the de Hita-Gonzales complex (now home to Colonial Quarter’s Taberna del Gallo, a reconstructed home), and the Whetstone’s Chocolates shop (a reconstruction of the 18TH century Josef Salcedo house).
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