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Intact 'La Dolorosa' Painting Found In Charred Rubble Of San Gabriel Mission

SAN GABRIEL (CBSLA) — An intact "La Dolorosa" painting was found recently in the rubble of the San Gabriel Mission's main sanctuary, which was destroyed in a fire in July.

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(credit: Daniel Macias/Angelus News)

The painting of Our Lady Of Sorrows was found on her Feast Day on Sept. 15, according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Angelus News. It had been found under a burnt crossbeam.

SAN GABRIEL, CALIFORNIA, San Gabriel Mission FireLos Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole
SAN GABRIEL, CALIFORNIA-JULY 11, 2020-The 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission caught fire overnight and burned most of the roof and interior. The cause is unknot at this time.(Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles says most of the valuable artwork inside the mission had been removed months before the July 11 fire. The mission was being renovated in preparation for its 250th anniversary in September 2021.

The "La Dolorosa" painting had hung above the sanctuary's baptistry, and was left with some holes and blistering, according to Angelus News. An insurance company has pledged to restore the painting.

The source of the fire at the mission is still under investigation.

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