As I will be back in San Francisco in less than a month, I just thought I would share a picture of the famous Golden Gate Bridge taken some years ago. However, you will need to wait a bit more to see this beauty on a picture in colour. Can't wait to go back ✈♥ // Do you have any vacation plans ahead of you? 😊
Santa Rosa Chapel ⛪️
After the Franciscan missions, this was the first Catholic church built in California. Built in 1871 of local pine on a hill overlooking Cambria, the chapel offered its last service in 1963. With citizens attending a newer church in town, this chapel quickly fell into disuse and disrepair, and suffered at the hands of vandals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In 1978 a committee was organized to restore this historical location. The restoration — from a new foundation and siding for the church to curbing for the cemetery plots — was completed seven years later. The original 1871 altar was even recovered from a barn owned by the family of Jeffrey Phelan.
Phelan had first claimed the property following the Mexican-American War, which resulted in the US gaining control of California and the Rancho system being broken down in favor of opening the land to the public. Once the Los Angeles-Monterey Diocese purchased the property from Phelan, Henry Williams erected this church here (the first church in the county, established in 1850) and dedicated it to St. Rose of Lima. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today the cemetery is a resting place for many Cambria pioneers, including the Phelans, Pereiras, Cantuas, and Fiscalinis.