Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon

Mission San Antonio de Padua is a Spanish mission established by the Franciscan order in present-day Monterey County, California, near the present-day town of Jolon. It was founded on July 14, 1771, and was the third mission founded in Alta California by Father Presidente Junípero Serra. The mission was also the site of the first Christian marriage and the first use of fired-tile roofing in Upper California. Today the mission is a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey.HistoryBeginnings of the MissionMission San Antonio de Padua was the third Mission to be founded. Father Junipero Serra claimed the site on July 14, 1771 and dedicated the Mission to Saint Anthony of Padua. Saint Anthony was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal and is the patron Saint of the poor. Father Serra left Fathers Miguel Pieras and Buenaventura Sitjar behind to continue the building efforts, though the construction of the church proper did not actually begin until 1810. By that time, there were 178 Native Americans living at the Mission.By 1805, the number had increased to 1,300, but in 1834, after the secularization laws went into effect, the total number of Mission Indians at the Mission San Antonio was only 150. No town grew up around the Mission, as many did at other installations.
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  • It's located on a military base but once inside you'll be transported to another era and get a wonderful California history education. The courtyard is huge and you can ramble the adobe/brickhalls and...  more »
  • This mission is in a secluded spot about 40 minutes off of Hwy 101, but it is a must see for any one interested in the missions of California and California history. It is one of my favorites, great f...  more »
  • This is the 3rd oldest mission in California, and one of the least visited, It is one of the best preserved and most historic missions I have visited, and the location is one of natural beauty and wil...  more »
  • I wish I can give six stars for the beautiful architecture of this mission. It is very well hidden right beside the military base, but definitely a hidden germ and a must visit.
  • If one is on a journey through CA’s historic times by visiting its series of 21 missions, I found Mission San Antonio to be one of its best. Although its location from Hwy 101 may be perceived as the most difficult to reach due to distance (about 45 minutes), it is well worth the extra time. Being surrounded by Ft Hunter-Liggett/William Randolph Hearst Estate has added some protections in keeping the Mission grounds more true to times. Mission San Antonio also has the added bonus of being a retreat (individual or group) with one being able to make overnight reservations for solitude or devotion, or single day events like weddings.
  • Great place to visit. Been going there since I was a kid.
  • Very beautiful and serene place. This is where I saw olive trees for the first time.
  • Passed by, Mission road, excellent!Wild grass and shrubs in the wilderness, endless road
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