We were then taken to several other “Missions” in the area, there are 5, we saw three Missions today.
Above is the San Jose' Mission, founded ca 1720.
This outside wall was painted. This section of paint remains.
The guide explained the walls were painted bright colors
to attract the local residents, who would become interested in the
painting, come to satisfy their curiosity, and
hopefully would be converted to Christianity.
These stairs are crafted from oak. They were built about the time the Mission was built, and are still used today by the priests to enter the church. They are so old and dry that they almost appear to be petrified, almost look like concrete stairs, not wood.
Above, this painted wall was inside the Mission, and has been carefully cleaned.