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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.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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  • The famous bell tower that Hitchcock filmed in "Vertigo" is long gone, but it was fun to walk the small garden and visit the sanctuary. 
  • Visited on an overcast day when it wasn't overrun with crowds. Great to sit in the church and the garden and enjoy the lovely setting and the quiet. 
  • Even reading the other reviews here, we had no idea that for an extra three dollars per person, you could tour the five or so buildings right around the mission. They show authentic 1800s buildings th...  more »