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Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon

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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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  • Founded in 1771 in a remote valley, the Mission San Antonio de Padua is an elegant place to understand the history and architecture of California missions. Remote and hidden for years on land owned by...  more »
  • The retrofit project was in full swing during our brief visit but we still enjoyed seeing the exhibits and chatting with the woman running the gift shop. The most off-the-beaten-track of the 21 missio...  more »
  • The mission is the best preserved CA mission site with many actual ruins of original structures on the premises. It is being rehabilitated so be sure to approach all the wings to see painted archways,...  more »
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  • Nice mission but to much building.
  • This is my favorite California Mission. It is like going back in time.
  • A spectacular site! It takes a while to get here, and you do have to get close to Fort Ligget for access. The site is being renovated. however, it is so far out in the middle of nowhere that you still get a phenomenal appreciation for the site and what it was like to live there. Well preserved and worth the day trip!
  • A wonderful place to visit!
  • Spiritually tranquil place.