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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 JunΓ­pero 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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  • This is one of our favorites, actually it is my favorite. It is a little difficult to get to, but worth it. It is in the middle of a Military reservation, off of Jolon road. 
  • This mission, although remote, was so worth the time/effort to see. The docent was so informative and included a fascinating story about Rosario the mission cat. This black cat joined our group of 40 ...  more »
  • I really loved this mission but it was hard to find my way in and hard to find my way back out. This is the least restored mission as it is not near any populated area, but was quite lovely and worth ...  more »
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  • This is a great mission located off the beaten path of Highway 101, and the typical "Camino Real." The mission is located on the property of Fort Hunter Liggett. You still have to go through the Fort Hunter Liggett gate, but the Mission is now fenced off from the FHLHQ. The mission is in really great shape. I recommend visiting it if you have a chance. Fall, Winter, and Spring is best, as it is very hot in the summer.
  • 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!
  • I love all the old Missions . San Antonio is out by itself.The drive out there is great ,going through the rural farm and ranch land. The Mission is beautiful just like all of them.
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