Mission Santa Ines

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My report is on Mission Santa Ines which is 35 miles north of Santa Barbara among the rolling hills near the Santa Ynez River. The mission was established September 17, 1804 by Father Estevan Tapis as the 19th mission along El Camino Real. In the early 1700's, the country of Spain sent many explorers to the western world to claim land and find riches. When California was founded by several Spanish explorers, like Cabrillo, and De Anza, Spain decided to send missionaries to build missions. There are a total of 21 missions built in California. Mission Santa Ines was the 19th mission and was built to share the European God with the Indians and how to eat and dress like Europeans. Father Tapis wanted to make the Indians Christians and…show more content…
There are carved wooden doors with a small arched window above the entrance. Beams and rafters made of pine, sycamore and oak brought 45 miles down from the mountains are held together by rawhide strips. The interior walls are painted with murals in the native Indian style with some walls painted to look like marble. Dark brown columns are painted on the exterior flanking the door. The walls are five to six feet thick with heavy buttresses, or support. There are three bells, one on top, two below, hanging in openings cut in a campanario (a bell wall) and the bells were cast in 1807, 1817 and 1818. A group of building formed a square 350 feet on each side around a central patio, which was lined by living gardens, store rooms, work shops and a guard house. A residence wing, which extends from the church, had 22 arches along the porch. A walkway on top of the porch served as a balcony, and a second story was added later. Classrooms ere included in the church since Santa Ines was a center for teaching the Indians about the Christian God and the European ways. The church was known for many of the special skills that the Indians had, such as working with leather and metal. The Indians made fancy saddles decorated with silver, and candlesticks and other objects from copper and silver. At a water powered gristmill, both corn and wheat were ground
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