Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé was our favorite of the missions. The mission was founded in 1706; the building was completed in 1766. It’s set on a hill outside the main town of Mulegé, and it has more of a desert-outpost feel than the others we visited. Various photos are below.
There’s a vista point at the mission with a view over an expanse of date palms. I definitely increased my appreciation for palms during the bike trip. It’s a distinct feeling riding a bicycle through the desert and then arriving at a palm oasis; I could sense just a bit of what desert travelers must have felt arriving at an oasis years ago.
On the other side of the church is a tree that looks like a Pachycormus discolor Elephant Tree (as opposed to the Bursera Elephant Trees). Does anyone know if that’s right? It’s a nice tree, whatever it is.
The bulk of the stone is a local basalt, with limestone used for corners and finishing work.
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