As I said Monday, in my article on the Hotel California, there’s a mission right around the bend. This is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Church of Our Lady of the Pillar) for the Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas. The mission was founded in 1733, and the first structure established for this mission was built in 1747. This adobe building was erected in 19th Century, although it does retain some of the original walls from 1747, most notably the entryway.
Inside the church it’s surprisingly bright and airy, considering that missions built back in the 1700s served dual functions as fortresses.
The altar is surprisingly light and colorful as well.
Across the street from the church is the cheerfully decorated Central Plaza.
After visiting the church it’s time to get back on the streets for some more fun photography: