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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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  • While most visitors probably head to Carmel and overlook San Juan Bautista, this Mission offers one of the best, most intact examples of how a Mission served as a hub of the surrounding town. This Mis...  more »
  • If you are travelling with a group, be sure arrange ahead of time for a docent. Our docent, Paul, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the mission and the surrounding area. It was our plea...  more »
  • We arrived late in the afternoon, so we were not able to spend much time visiting the facility. The church is a part of the community as well as being an old mission. The plaza and surrounding buildin...  more »