Mission San Gabriel Arcángel is a fully functioning Roman Catholic mission and a historic landmark in San Gabriel, California. The settlement was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary," September 8, 1771, as the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in California. San Gabriel Arcángel, named after the Archangel Gabriel and often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles", was designed by Antonio Cruzado, who hailed from Córdoba, Spain. Cruzado gave the building its strong Moorish architectural influence. The capped buttresses and the tall, narrow windows are unique among the missions of the California chain.
A large stone cross stands in the center of the Campo Santo, first consecrated in 1778 and then again on January 29, 1939, by the Los Angeles Archbishop John Cantwell.
Church, museum, gardens and giftshop:
Mon - Sun: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
On December, 24: 9 a.m. - noon.
On Saturdays during baptisms, weddings or funerals or during Sunday morning mass from 9:30 a.m. to about 10:40 a.m., the church is not open for public visits.
Visit of the old Mission church and gift shop are free of charge.
Visit of the museum and gardens:
Adults (18-61): $5
Seniors (62+): $4
Youth (6-17): $3
Children (0-5): free
By purchasing the ticket, you will be given a self-guide brochure with a map and historical information.
Address 428 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776, USA
Coordinates 34°5'48.341" N -118°6'25.036" E