Photographs by David Burckhalter and Mina Sedgwick
Bathed in desert light and shadow, rising up from the earth in improbable, faraway places, stand eight original Spanish missions on
Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Built of stone by Roman Catholic priests and indigenous laborers in the eighteenth century, these stunning missions dominate the landscape around them. Baja
California Missions: In the Footsteps of the Padres is a beautiful and informative book about the eight monumental Spanish colonial churches, buildings seldom seen by those familiar with the
missions of California, Arizona, and Sonora, Mexico.
We can all be grateful for this new addition to the library of borderland studies.
—Journal of Arizona History
Travelers, amateur historians, and the Church faithful alike will find Baja California Missions an indispensable guide to a meaningful exploration.
A powerful visual, travel, and historical piece recommended for any collection strong in California mission history and culture.
With gorgeous photographs of the architecture and religious art, and supported by a concise history that outlines the peninsula's
exploration and colonization by Roman Catholic priests, Baja California Missions excels as a book of photography and history. It promises adventure for readers at home, as well as for travelers
ready to explore the churches in person.
The eight Spanish colonial stone churches of Baja California endure as the only intact originals of 34 missions built by the padres during the
peninsula's colonization. Due to structural renovations and restorations of the artwork undertaken over the last 30 years, the renowned mission churches have become sources of pride to the citizens of
Baja California. Travelers are invited to visit at any time, especially during patron saint day celebrations.
As a guide, Baja California Missions is fully up to date, with directions
for navigating Baja's paved highways and desert and mountain roads. The mission sites are pinpointed on a topographic roadmap of the peninsula. A church floor plan is provided to accompany a
walk-through tour for each church interior. The lovely eighteenth-century oil paintings and wooden statues that grace the church altars are also identified and described.