Explore California's 21 Missions

Mission San Miguel, Arcangel

Founded in July 25,1797. The 16th in the 21 Mission chain was founded by Father Fermin Lasuen. Named for Archangel Saint Michael, Most Glorious Prince of the Celestial Militia (Patron saint of cemeteries and grocers). Located in the Salmos River Valley, in the town of San Miguel about nine miles north of Paso Robles.

Mission San Miguel Arcangel church in renovation

Close up photo of the church renovation
Mission fountain
Massive adobe columns grace this colonnade facing the court yard.
Father Serra

Mission court yard. The court yard is surrounded by four buildings. Each side is 230 ft long. Three sides of the court yard buildings were rebuilt in the 1930s. The original court was used for shearing sheep, preparing food and other types of work. In 1928 the Franciscan Padres returned to the mission, created a garden in the court yard and changed the use of the mission to one of training young men to be Franciscans.

Beautiful vine motif used for the wall decorations

Early photo circa 1880



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