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About Mission San Miguel in San Miguel, California

Mission San Miguel Arcángel is a quick stop of Highway 101 eight miles north of Paso Robles and Templeton in the Central California Coastal region. Set in the small town of San Miguel among the farm land of a wine growing region not far from the Lettuce Bowl of Salinas and Monterey County, this mission is well worth a road stop. It’s not a long drive inland from the beaches of Cambria and Cayucos.

Founded on July 25, 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen as California’s 16th mission on El Camino Real (The King’s Highway), it was named for Saint Michael the Archangel. It was originally constructed of adobe bricks and took approximately two years to build. The church sanctuary interior included artwork from Spain with an all-seeing eye of God painted above the altar.

The Mission changed hands several times in the 1800’s including some private individuals who lived in the buildings. When the church was finally put back into service, in 1878, some restoration was begun. In 1928 it was returned to the Franciscan’s to be used as a monastery and a parish church. One of the four remaining missions still under the care of the Franciscan Brothers, it is very much alive today, and still serves the people and community of San Miguel, the purpose for which it was founded over 200 years ago. See a map of all the California Spanish Missions.

775 Mission St
San Miguel, CA 93451
(805) 467-3256
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San Miguel, US
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