Visiting Baja Missions

Last Updated: November 30, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico

Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Paz,La Paz,Baja California Sur,MéxicoLong before Los Cabos became the world-class beach playground it is today, it underwent centuries of cultural struggles as Spanish, Jesuit, Franciscan and Dominican missionaries were established to colonize and evangelize native peoples of the Baja Peninsula.

More than 28 missions were established in Baja California Sur, dating as far back as the late 1600s. Many of them were built by Father Junípiero Serra as part of a mission route that extends into Northern California.

The original Jesuit Mission, built by Nicolas Tamaral, is located in downtown San Jose Del Cabo. The main church serves today as a place where the community joins together to celebrate their faith. Be sure to observe the beautiful mural above its main entrance depicting the suffering of Padre Tamaral under the Pericú Indians for his opposition to their polygamous ways.

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