A tour takes you back in history
-Located just a few minutes north of Paso Robles, Mission San Miguel Arcangel is a must stop in San Miguel for both its beauty and historical value. The mission was founded in 1797 by Father Presidente Fermin Francisco the Lasuen. It was the 16th of the California missions, built to be a link between the San Luis Obispo and San Antonio missions, which were each a day’s journey away.
The first church that was built was meant to be temporary and was destroyed by fire in 1806. Preparation for the new church then began and it was completed in 1816. The interior frescos by Esteban Munras, which visitors can still see today, were completed by 1821 and are the only untouched originals left in California.
The museum and gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for self-guided tours. The church closes at 5 p.m. Weekday Mass is held Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., Saturday Mass is held at 9 a.m. and a Saturday Vigil is held at 5 p.m. Sunday Mass is held at 7 and 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. in Spanish. For more information, call (805) 467-3256. www.missionsanmiguel.org