Mission Santa Ines Photos – a gallery of photos in and around the mission

Interior photo of the Mission Santa Ines Basilica

Mission Santa Ines Photos

This collection of Santa Ines Mission photos is a companion page to the main Santa Ines Mission page. On that page you will find history, location information and other items about the mission.

A view of the Santa Ynez river valley directly east of the mission

A view of the Santa Ynez river valley

This is directly east of the mission. The Santa Ynez river runs from the mountains north of Santa Barbara, past here and then drains to the sea near Lompoc. The “bench” to the left of the picture is currently used for farming and was the location of the mission’s orchards

The north side of the church and cemetary

Statue of Junipero Serra at Mission Santa Ines

Statue of Padre Junipero Serra, founder of the California mission system.

One of the many Hannon Foundation statues of Blessed Junipero Serra which have been placed throughout California. You can read more about them here.

The collonade facing the mission garden at Santa Ines
The restful colonnade at the rear of the convento facing the garden

The garden fountain at Mission Santa Ines

The garden fountain, a cool place to be on a hot, summer day.

The main altar and reredos at Santa Ines Mission

The main altar and reredos. The brightly lit statue at the top center is of Saint Agnes, the patroness of the mission.

A lovely statue of Our Lady of the Journey found in the museum section. The statue is about 14″ high.

A side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. This is located just between the museum and the side entrance to the church.

An historic priestly vestment. This is known as a

An historic priestly vestment. This is known as a “chasuble” and the style is commonly called “fiddleback” for its shape.

A detail of an historic chasuble at the museum at Mission Santa Ines showing intricate needlework

A detail of the vestment above showing the intricate needlework which went into its fabrication.

An old mission bell in the museum at Mission Santa Ines

An original mission bell along with its mountings

Statue of Saint Agnes at Mission Santa Ines

A statue of Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes is the patroness of the mission, and this statue is found in the Gift Shop. She is holding a lamb in her right arm (Agnes means “lamb”) and a palm in her left hand which is a symbol of martyrdom.

Doors at the Mission Santa Ines

Beautifully hand-crafted doors, just next to the church entrance which lead into the museum area.

The main arcade at the eastern side of Mission Santa Ines

The main arcade at the eastern side of the mission. This is one of the restored areas of the mission.

The plaque designating the mission as a National Historic Landmark

Located in front of the church near the parking area. Not all the missions in California have been designated as such.

Mission Santa Ines reservoir

A recently excavated reservoir from the mission era.

Some of the missions, such as here, had very sophisticated water systems. Water, of course, was a primary and crucial element when the Franciscan friars were deciding where to site their missions. On several occasions they had to move when a source dried up.

Mission Santa Ines reservoir story board

Mission Santa Ines reservoir story board

An old “Roman Ritual” in the museum.

This was a book of prayers for priests to use on various occasions. The particular page to which this old book is open is for the commendation of the soul of a person who is dying.
From the large capital “C”, this is a translation of some of that page:

“I commend thee, dear brother [sister], to Almighty God and commit thee to His mercy, whose creature thou art; that, having paid the common debt by surrendering thy soul, thou mayest return to thy Maker, who formed thee out of the earth. May, therefore, the noble company of Angels meet thy soul at its departure; may the court of the Apostles receive thee; may the triumphant army of glorious martyrs; meet thee; may the crowd of joyful confessors encompass thee; may the choir of blessed virgins go before thee; and may a happy rest be thy portion in the company of the patriarchs.”

Congratulations! You made it all the way to the bottom of this page. I trust you enjoyed your tour of Mission Santa Ines photos. It’s not quite the same, or as good as being there in person, but it is a start.

Be sure to check out the Solvang page, which is the town which grew up around the mission. It’s a charming place and a great visit.

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