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© Deborah Downes
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The Great Stone Church will never be brought back to where it once proudly stood within California’s Mission San Juan Capitistrano. On the feast day of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, December 8, 1812, an earthquake struck the sanctuary as two boys rang the church bells, calling worshipers to that day’s second mass. The churchgoers within the church from the first service screamed as the walls around them swayed and the dome at the rear of the church cracked open. Thirty-eight adult Native Americans died along with the two boys in the bell tower.

Following failed attempts in the 1860’s to restore the church, resulting in further damage, the remains were secured. Today the ruins of The Great Stone Church still stand like beautiful historical abstract sculptures. They continue to attract artists, historians, and tourists from around the world.

28 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    Wow, what a story and what a beautiful capture...The contrast is spectacular!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Jan 2013):

    A gorgeous capture and interesting and sad narrative.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (28 Jan 2013):

    What a magnificient portrayal of this historic building, Deb. You said it perfectly. and to depict it so well in B&W has certainly done it justice. Brilliant!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Jan 2013):

    As always your narratives supply the information to the image and you did an excellent job on both counts!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2013):

    Wonderful contrast on this photo. A very poignant narrative.

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Molto bella, Deb!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    MonochromatiCool entry.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (1 Feb 2013):

    FAB B&W

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Beautiful b & w shot fantastic

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    Love the shadows.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    I agree with Ted, nice!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    great find!!! super entry....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    Wonderful narrative of the history of this ancient church. It makes an excellent B&W!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    wonderful place and love the narrative!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (3 Feb 2013):

    fab lighting and tones

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 Jan 2014):

    back to vote.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jan 2014):


  • KassiJo Wyatt

    KassiJo Wyatt gave props (29 Jan 2014):

    Voted! (-:

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (29 Jan 2014):


  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (30 Jan 2014):

    Great shot! loved the story too. Voted!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Well done. voted

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Back to Vote!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (2 Feb 2014):

    I've been there and I love seeing through you eyes and hearing the story again. Voted!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (5 Feb 2014):

    Beautiful contrast and light in this Deborah..Voted..

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (9 Feb 2014):

    Captures the texture and the character.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (13 Feb 2014):

    Stupendous! Voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Feb 2014):

    wonderful shot... beautiful texture Deborah.... Vote for you dear!!!

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