San Borja

The isolated Misión San Francisco de Borja can be reached by a dirt road. There is only one family who lives there and takes care about the church. The members of the family are always there to give you a tour.

Misión San Francisco de Borja::San Borja, Baja California, Mexico::
Misión San Francisco de Borja
Church Interior::San Borja, Baja California, Mexico::
Church Interior
Spiral Stone Staircase::San Borja, Baja California, Mexico::
Spiral Stone Staircase
Stone Baptismal Font::San Borja, Baja California, Mexico::
Stone Baptismal Font

Starting in 1759, the Jesuits along with local Indians erected the small adobe temple. However, it did not last for long. Only fragments of the walls stand to this day. Dominicans that came later build out of stone. They erected a new mission, next to the Jesuits buildings. Completed in 1801, we can see these buildings today. I must admit that it is quite remarkable that they still stand in excellent condition. Probably due to the remote location, there was nobody who was interested in tearing down the walls and stealing stone to raise private houses. Unfortunately, this is a typical fate of such properties when they become abandoned. In 1818, this was the fate of San Borja when all missionaries left the place as the native population in this part of the Baja peninsula (Mexico) completely disappeared. The mission not only lost its sense of existence, but also the work force to support it.

The Side Door::San Borja, Baja California, Mexico::
The Side Door

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