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.Plan to visit Mission San Juan Bautista and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Juan Bautista attractions using our San Juan Bautista family vacation planner.
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gbangs59August 10, 2017
not all calif. missions are alike. mission san juan bautista boarders a historial state park. the mission charges for entry. I feel that since it borders a state historical park it should be free or a... more »
Sandra RAugust 6, 2017
I was also mostly interested in the Hitchcock "Vertigo" connection but the inherent historic significance of the mission buildings was compelling for myself, husband, and 7 year old son. Good displays... more »
Cllark WJuly 30, 2017
Uncrowded the last weekend of July. Deep ambience of old California, the days of yore. Refresh soul here. more »
Lonnie BarriosMay 28, 2017
Always loved this place. As a kid, I had been on several field trips here. Never gets old for me. So much history here.
Bartlomiej KrolJune 15, 2017
Great Mission to visit. Great views near the church entrance and many things to see in the Museum.
Eugene LJuly 10, 2017
Great mission. The garden is not as beaurifully msintained as Mission San Carlos in Carmel.
Jeanna FloresJune 20, 2017
Beautiful Mission and the town is so cute. Also has museums that are interesting.
Urban CarmelMay 23, 2017
Hitchock fans should make the effort to stop here. This is the mission featured at the climatic finale of Vertigo
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