Mission San Luis Rey
As we come down the hill from Oceanside into the valley of the San Luis Rey River the San Luis Rey Mission showed up finely on a little eminence or rather a bit of rising ground in the valley overlooking the San Luis Rey River. (Cont. p. 18) The founding padres picked out a fine slightly situation as usual. The mission buildings fell badly into decay but have been restored. The church front and walls and cloisters are in much the original condition. The whole edifice is more pleasing and in a way more imposing than any other mission now in a state of preservation it seems to me. We enter the graveyard and pass into the church by a door on the east side of the church thru a little chapel whose walls are hung with some
Monday, Apr. 11, 1920.
excellent paintings. Then into the church itself. The walls are some 6 feet thick and about 45 or 50 feet high. It is remarkable how well lighted is the church in the absence of what we used to regard as regular rows of tall church windows. The light come thru a comparatively few high embrasure-like windows which are set high. The walls are decorated in blue and red patterns, quaint and primitive, after the original style. The altar has four large figures at the corners. The lower left and right being those of the original church. A good many modernizations have come in: cement flowers, wooden tongue and groove 4-inch ceiling, electric light. If Father Junipero Serra should come along and lean against a button he would be a bit startled by the electric bulb. The series of arched columns were once very extensive and are now mostly