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Early painting circa 1850

Mission San Rafael Arcangel

Founded by Fray Vincente Francisco de Sarria in December 14, 1817. Nick named "Mission of Bodily Healing". Named for Archangel Raphael ( Patron saint of physicians, nurses the blind, and the sick). This is the 20th of the 21 Missions and the smallest. This mission was the first Mission established as a refuge for Indians who were ill at Mission "Dolores". This Mission soon disappeared after it was built. A replica was later built on the same site in 1949.

Replica of the mission San Rafael Arcangel church in fore ground, St Raphael church in the background.
Interior of the church
Father Serra


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