Mission Concepcion and a Beautiful Dome
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepcion de Acuna
Mission Concepcion is different from the other four missions in that here, the focus is solely on the church. There is no sense of enclosure because there are no surrounding mission walls. What you do have is a very impressive church, which must have offered a welcome respite from the busy life of the mission and an appropriately meditative setting for a life of religious devotion.
Attached to the church is the cloister, a stone enclosed walkway, which leads into rooms whose walls still reveal small areas of the original painted details. Exiting these rooms to the back, you enter a small internal courtyard, across which you’ll find the doorway leading to the sacristy. Entering the church itself through the transept, you’ll immediately notice the dome above you. Windows set into the dome let in light which reflects off walls painted in warm colors.
The Mission Concepcion church was dedicated in 1755 and is believed to be the oldest unrestored stone church in the country. With walls 45 inches thick, this church was intended to survive.