Mission Santa Inés, founded in 1804, was the nineteenth mission dedicated. It completed the chain between San Francisco and San Diego. The mission's inland location in a fertile valley allowed for prosperity and rapid expansion. It became known for its large herds of livestock and its rich crops. Travelers were rare at Mission Santa Inés because of the considerable distance from the highway, El Camino Real. The first buildings were destroyed in 1812 by earthquakes. Rebuilding was completed in 1817. Today, the visitor sees the church as it was completed then. The church building is a simple design. Indian murals can still be seen inside the church. A museum is maintained with many artifacts, painting and sculptures. The charming simplicity of the mission is seen also in the miniature from the Mission de Oro Collection.
Painstakingly sculpted by hand, then reproduced in cold-cast porcelain, each Mission de Oro collectible contains the minute details that remind us of their pastoral history. Towering palm trees shelter colorful gardens while red-tiled roofs keep the rain off white stucco walls – each mission tells a warm story of California history.
This “Cameo-sized” mission is approximately 3"W x 3"D x 2"H.