Mission San Miguel Arcangel, San Miguel

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Mission San Miguel Arcángel is a Spanish mission in San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County, California. It was established on July 25, 1797 by the Franciscan order, on a site chosen specifically due to the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to evangelize.

The mission remains in use as a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey. After being closed to the public for six years due to the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, the church reopened on September 29, 2009. Inside the church are murals designed by Esteban Munras.
The mission was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was named to a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Of California's missions, it is one that retains more than most of its layout and buildings, including a portion of its neophyte village.
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  • We have visited many (most?) of the missions along the Camino Real in California. San Miguel is still an active parish. The mission grounds include a wonderful museum with a self guided tour and...  more »
  • I had actually gone to see the San Miguel Cemetery, but realized that right across the highway there was more of the town of San Miguel. This was a beautiful mission and it was a great place for...  more »
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  • Pleasant mission I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The church is the most authentic of those we have visited. Staff are so nice and go out of their way to help. The graveyard makes you feel as though you stepped back in time to a period of the old west. Located just off the 101 it is easy to access.
  • This is a must see mission. Built in 1790's it is not an updated tourist site, but a church still in use and seems to be so original from the time the Salinian Indians and other people groups were here. The Indian influence is amazing. The shop keeper is very knowledgeable and shares interesting stories about the mission's life.

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