Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista

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Mission San Juan Bautista is a Spanish mission in San Juan Bautista, San Benito County, California. Founded on June 24, 1797 by Fermín Lasuén of the Franciscan order, the mission was the fifteenth of the Spanish missions established in present-day California. Named for Saint John the Baptist, the mission is the namesake of the city of San Juan Bautista.Barracks for the soldiers, a nunnery, the Jose Castro House, and other buildings were constructed around a large grassy plaza in front of the church and can be seen today in their original form. The Ohlone, the original residents of the valley, were brought to live at the mission and baptized, followed by Yokuts from the Central Valley. Mission San Juan Bautista has served mass daily since 1797, and today functions as a parish church of the Diocese of Monterey.HistoryFollowing its creation in 1797, San Juan's population grew quickly. By 1803, there were 1,036 Native Americans living at the mission. Ranching and farming activity had moved apace, with 1,036 cattle, 4,600 sheep, 22 swine, 540 horses and 8 mules counted that year. At the same time, the harvest of wheat, barley and corn was estimated at 2,018 fanegas, each of about 220 pounds.
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  • So, living locally for a few years, I've taken visiting friends and family here numerous times. The first time I was surprised at how much there was to see and do here. At first glance, I did t think ...  more »
  • The Mission has been a wonderful place for children and adults of all ages. I went here when I was a small girl with my school, and now enjoyed it even more as an adult. The mission and the museums ar...  more »
  • Mission San Juan Bautista the largest of the California missions is worth the time to stop in and visit.  more »
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  • A beautiful well maintained mission. The museum was a bit of a disappointment. Just some displays with short explanation. A timeline with names and what was going on at the time would have brought the history to life. As it was, it’s rather bland and forgettable.
  • A fine example of early life in colonial California.** The mission is still an active church and offers mass in English and Latin. The grounds are lovingly preserved and aside from the growth of the trees, looks as it did two hundred years ago. There are a number of other old buildings on the property illustrating life in the old west. A blacksmith shop and the carriage house to name a couple. If you feel a rumble that's not coming from your tummy, it could very well be an earthquake. The area is directly on the San Andreas fault and it is said that there are very small quakes every day. Then again, it could be the smell of the fresh baked bread coming from town. The tour is lengthy and involved so be prepared to listen closely and wait your turn to see the exhibits. The halls are narrow and the door ways short so watch your head. There are a number of fine examples of furniture and art of the times, including a harpsichord on display inside. And yes, that is an outhouse in the back. **KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS A STATE PARK AND NOT PROPERTY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. THEREFORE ADMISSION AND OTHER FEES MAY BE CHARGED.
  • Beautiful mission! This is where the iconic film Vertigo was made with just a bit of artistic license. In late summer the film is shown on the lawn There is a path behind on the San Andreas fault line overlooking the beautiful fields. u p Tvto oz 5i
  • If on a mission quest visiting any number of CA’s 21 missions, Mission San Juan Bautista should be on your list. The church is unique in that it was the only Mission built with three aisles, making it the largest on the Camino Real. The original tiles still cover the floor where one can find wild animal tracks left during the drying process. And this mission sits alongside the San Andreas Fault where a steep drop in elevation occurred, just feet away from its fence line. Sitting adjacent to a historical CA State Park, there is much to do and see here.
  • Great place to go for history especially if you're religious and Catholic. There's other buildings around there I think it's three bucks and you can see all the other building Barcelo donation for the church.

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