Baja California Missions
In the Footsteps of the Padres
With gorgeous photographs of the architecture and religious art, and supported by a concise history that outlines the peninsula’s exploration and colonization by Roman Catholic priests, Baja California Missions excels as a book of photography and history. It promises adventure for readers at home, as well as for travelers ready to explore the churches in person.
The eight Spanish colonial stone churches of Baja California endure as the only intact originals of 34 missions built by the padres during the peninsula’s colonization. Due to structural renovations and restorations of the artwork undertaken over the last 30 years, the renowned mission churches have become sources of pride to the citizens of Baja California. Travelers are invited to visit at any time, especially during patron saint day celebrations.
As a guide, Baja California Missions is fully up to date, with directions for navigating Baja’s paved highways and desert and mountain roads. The mission sites are pinpointed on a topographic roadmap of the peninsula. A church floor plan is provided to accompany a walk-through tour for each church interior. The lovely eighteenth-century oil paintings and wooden statues that grace the church altars are also identified and described.
"A powerful visual, travel, and historical piece recommended for any collection strong in California mission history and culture."—California Bookwatch
“Burckhalter's descriptive and extremely visual language allows the reader to stand in his shoes and look up at the walls and ceiling around him, dappled with warm light. Above all, this book promises to act as a field guide and enable all readers to be armed and ready to visit the missions in person!”—SMRC Revista