A Visit to Mission San José

Mission San José is not in San José. Probably a lot of you knew that.

I knew that the old Spanish mission in San José is Mission Santa Clara, located on the grounds of Santa Clara University. And I knew that Mission San José was somewhere else in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I was unclear on the location.

DSCF9207 (2)No more! Saturday I took my granddaughter on a field trip and we visited old Mission San José.

In Fremont. (That’s her on the steps.)

This building is actually a replica of the original adobe church.  The original building was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868. That’s the kind of thing that happens in California.

Here is a picture of the first mission church. The buildings look the same, but the old church was badly in need of a whitewashing.

Mission San José

History San Jose Photographic Collection

It is a beautiful church inside, restored to look as it did back in the day. Two of the statues are ones that were rescued from the rubble.

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The walls are painted to look like they have marble pillars, door frames, and a balcony. But it is all painted on white plaster over adobe bricks.

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Next time: What prominent Californian is buried under the floor of the Mission San José church?

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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