San Miguel Arcangel, 16th mission
Founded in 1797 by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuen, OFM, to complete the mission chain from San Luis Obispo to Mission Dolores in San Francisco, Mission San Miguel is located in the Salinas Valley — a midpoint between the San Luis Obispo and San Antonio missions. Under the direction of Esteban Munros, Native Americans painted the walls and ceilings of the mission church with ornate designs. The original murals are still vibrant, and remain the best preserved in California.
On December 22, 2003, the San Simeon Earthquake damaged the mission extensively, forcing the closure of the church along with many other sections of the mission. Today, the church and most other areas have been restored, and the mission church is once again open to all.