Religious, Spiritual sights in Baja California
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With lava-block walls nearly 1.2m (4ft) thick, the former Jesuit Misión San Ignacio de Kadakaamán stands directly across from San Ignacio's small plaza and is flanked by a tiny grove of citrus trees. Occupying the site of a former Cochimí ranchería (indigenous settlement), the mission has been in continuous use since its founding in 1728. One of the three 18th-century altar pieces inside is dedicated to the San Ignacio de Loyola, the town's patron saint.
The mission was initiated by the famous Jesuit Fernando Consag, and was completed in 1786 under the direction of Dominican Juan Crisóstomo Gómez. Epidemics reduced the Cochimí population from about 5000 to only 120 by…
On the Plaza Constitución's western side, the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz is the city's cathedral. It only dates from 1861 but mimics the style of California mission architecture. Nothing remains of the city's first cathedral, which was built in 1720 under the direction of Jesuit missionaries Jaime Bravo and Juan de Ugarte near the plaza.