This mission is actually quite a bit smaller than it looks in photos and is actually privately occupied! Visitors are not able to access the arched patio or the cathedral. We did not know this before my daughter and I arrived and were very disappointed, but respected the signs not to pass further onto the grounds. While taking photos of the exterior of the chapel from the visitor friendly sidewalks, someone came out of the mission and asked us to move our car (which was not parked in the location he indicated). When we explained this was not our vehicle, that we were parked in the guest parking, he just stood there, hands on hips, barring any further photos. If this is how they treat visitors I would skip this mission and see the others instead. Mission San Jose' was especially stunning and visitor friendly!
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