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Mission Mulegé


Misión Santa Rosalía de Mulegé

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.

Cardon Cactus and Palo Blanco

Cardones, Aloes, and a Palo Blanco

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.

The view to the East

The view to the East

Seen from the Vista Point

Seen from the Vista Point

East Side of the Mission

East Side of the Mission

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.

Pachycormus Elephant Tree Bark?

Pachycormus Elephant Tree Leaves?

Limestone and Basalt

Limestone and Basalt

The bulk of the stone is a local basalt, with limestone used for corners and finishing work.

Windows, Aloes, and Cardones


Another Window and More Aloes

Door with Steps

Door with Steps

Another Door

An Arch

Another Arch

Another Arch

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2 Responses to “Mission Mulegé”

  1. February 8th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    lostlandscape(James) says:

    A photographer friend of mine has a wide shot that shows Mulegé dwarfed in the surrounding terrain. Like you said, it’s really out in the middle of where you’d never expect to find anything like it.

  2. March 15th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    chuck b. says:

    great pictures! and you went to Mulegé. Is the next post about the cave paintings? 🙂

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