California missions – the Magnificent Old Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

Green lawn near the workshops, free image

Perfect lawn in front of the workshops, Spanish architecture

Mission Hills, California, USA
Latitude: 34.2730, Longtitude: -118.4611

California missions are part of  catholic church history and historic landmarks that preserve important California history and Spanish architecture. When you plan a trip to California consider including a visit to California missions in your list of road trip ideas.  Not all Los Angeles attractions are busy and hectic, road trips to museums or historical places  take you off the beaten path and are fun and relaxing. While planning a road trip to California missions remember that most of the time this museums are free attractions or charge only a small fee.

Statue of Blessed Junipero Serra
Sculpture of Father Junipero Serra and native Indian boy

Set amidst the Mission Hills district of Los Angeles, Mission San Fernando Rey de España is a splendid historical landmark and Spanish architecture example in California. Being the 17th Spanish missions in California, this mission was established in the year 1797 near the historical place where gold was discovered – Alta California. Father Fermín Lasuén was the founder of this catholic church mission.

Pretty View of the Bougainvillea, pictures of flowers
Magenta Bougainvillea and Wrought Iron, architectural detail and spring flowers

This  California mission  was named after Saint Ferdinand and nearby area known is also called San Fernando Valley. The purpose of the San Fernando Rey de Espana mission was to convert natives to become christian and promote christian values. That’s why there is a historical monument there to Father Junipero Serra with an Indian boy. Father Junipero Serra was predecessor of Fray Fermin  Francisco de Lasuen and established first catholic church California missions.  Today there is a chapel that belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Flowering Bougainvillea Plant
Bougainvillea Flowers and old mission bell

Premises of the mission are in fact museum where people can learn about the early days of the catholic settlers. The Mission San Fernando Rey de España was important in developing first industries in this part of California. Working with iron, growing crops and animals  provided items necessary for survival and trade. One of the rooms has a list of mission foods which included whole grains, various meat, wild berries and fruits, plants. Climate of this area is similar to Mediterranean and allowed cultivation of olives and production of strategic olive oil.

Entrance of Old Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana
Sign Old Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana and an old door, architectural photo

You can take a lot of church pictures while walking around. The grounds are beautiful and you can also practice architectural photography skills.

Green walkways of the nearby park grounds, cityscape
Pillared Walkway Covered with Climbing Vines, gardens picture

Photography tips for taking architecture pictures:

Old Fountain outside the main entrance San Fernando Mission
A Fountain at Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

1. Use camera aperture to control of the depth of field: wide open – shallow depth, stopped down – for sharpness.

The Original Food Listings at the Mission
List of Foods Available at the Mission

2. Use wide angle lens to fit large objects in the frame.

Water Flowing from the Flower shaped Fountain, East Garden
Splendid Fountain at the East Garden

3. Pay attention to and capture interesting details.

Arched Corridor of the Mission Archival Center, architectural photography
Corridor with Beautiful Flowers, Archival center, Spanish architecture

4. For perfect photos remember to check the lens for condensation or dust.

Old Russian Orthodox Bronze Bell at Mission San Fernando Rey de España
An Antique Russian Orthodox Bell at San Fernando Mission

5. If possible shoot at special times of day like sunrise and sunset.

Photo of Old Crest of Mission San Fernando Rey de España
Coat of Arms – historical landmark detail photo
Mission chapel, christian picture
Church Picture – Chapel of the Mission
Historical Place sign near statue of Fray Fermin Francisco De Lasuen
Fray Fermin Francisco De Lasuen historical landmark sign
Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen sculpture, San Fernando California
Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen sculpture at the Mission San Fernando Rey de España


Landscape picture of spanish architecture , the Tiled Roof of Workshops
Workshops Spanish Architecture Roof


Archival Center Spanish Architecture, Mission San Fernando
Beautiful Archival Center at Mission San Fernando Rey de España

   03.06.2019 by FPImages

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