The Spanish Colonial mission church, built between 1610 and 1628, is said to be the oldest in the United States. Whatever your religion, it’s hard not to feel awed by the weight of history within these thick adobe walls and beneath the massive vigas (wooden beams). The late 18th-century altar screens are intricately painted, and you can touch the 780-pound San Jose bell on display in the church, cast in 1356 and brought over from Spain. Enter via the gift shop on the right side of the church, which sells unusual and affordable arts and crafts pieces with Catholic iconery.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious