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Mission San Ignacio

Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán

Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán

Mission San Ignacio de Kadakaaman was founded by the Jesuits, but the actual church was built by the Dominicans (completed in 1786), and it’s quite different from the other missions as a result. The door is more moorish in style than the other mission doors, and none of the other missions have big crests flanking the doors. Close ups of the crests and a few other photos are below.

San Igncaio Crest

One of the Crests

The Other Crest

The Other Crest

Stairs to the Tower

Stairs to the Tower

The stucco pattern at San Ignacio seems designed to suggest that the church is built of large quarried blocks of stone, rather than small local basalt.


A Side Entrance


Door on the Side Wing

One of the side wings of the building has uncovered stone, quite monkish and beautiful. A lot of the joints run, but obviously the work has endured regardless.


Window on the Side Wing

There are more photos of the church at Alt. Build Blog.

The Tower

The Tower

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3 Responses to “Mission San Ignacio”

  1. February 7th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Brad says:

    Interesting how in this one and the post before they tried to dress up the stone to look like something it wasn’t.

  2. February 8th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    ryan says:

    Yeah. The local stone seems to be treated like cinderblock a lot of the time — something to cover with stucco if the budget allows. Though there are some beautiful walls of it, too.

  3. July 11th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Bill B. says:

    The crests are the emblem of the Bourbon Dynasty of Spain of the late 1700s, early 1800s. The castles in the crest are symbolic of the province of Castille in Northern Spain and the Lions symbolize the province of Leon. It is Isabella who ( earlier in Spanish history ) first unites these two provinces.

    The two columns are the Pillars of Hercules, at first symbolizing the Strait of Gibraltar, later referencing the Old World and New World of the Spanish Empire.

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