Baja California Missions: In the Footsteps of the Padres (Southwest Center Series )

De (autor) De (fotograf) Mina Sedgwick Cuvânt înainte de Bernard L. Fontana
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Bathed in desert light and shadow, rising up from the earth in improbable, faraway places, stand eight original Spanish missions on Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Built of stone by Roman Catholic priests and indigenous laborers in the eighteenth century, these stunning missions dominate the landscape around them. Baja California Missions: In the Footsteps of the Padres is a beautiful and informative book about the eight monumental Spanish colonial churches, buildings seldom seen by those familiar with the missions of California, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico. 

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.
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ISBN-13: 9780816521197
ISBN-10: 0816521190
Pagini: 184
Ilustrații: 101 color photos - 12 illust.
Dimensiuni: 229 x 267 x 13 mm
Greutate: 0.74 kg
Ediția: First Edition
Editura: University of Arizona Press
Colecția University of Arizona Press
Seria Southwest Center Series


"More than 100 excellent color photographs supplement the fine text."—W. David Laird, Southwest Books of the Year

"A powerful visual, travel, and historical piece recommended for any collection strong in California mission history and culture."—California Bookwatch

“We can all be grateful for this new addition to the library of borderland studies.”—Journal of Arizona History

“Travelers, amateur historians, and the Church faithful alike will find Baja California Missions an indispensable guide to a meaningful exploration.”—Catholic Southwest

“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

Notă biografică

David Burckhalter is the author or photographer of five books about northern Mexico. He resides in Tucson, Arizona. Mina Sedgwick is an artist and photographer. She lives on a ranch near Nogales, Arizona.


The Setting: Baja California Geography
Hernán Cortés and the Discovery of Baja California
Early Attempts to Colonize Baja California
Establishing the Baja California Missions
Baja California Missions Time Line
The Intact Eighteenth-Century Churches of Baja California
Misión Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó, 1697
Misión San Francisco Javier Viggé Biaundó, 1699
Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé, 1705
Misión San José de Comondú, 1708
Misión San Ignacio de Kadakaamán, 1728
Misión San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui, 1737
Misión Santa Gertrudis de Cadacamán, 1751
Misión San Francisco de Borja Adac, 1762
Looking Back at the Baja California Missions
About the Authors