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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. 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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  • Lovely old mission. Beautiful rose garden. Adjoins historic state park. Lots to see and discover about early California history.  more »
  • Most missions don't charge an entrance fee to the church. A fee is only paid if you visit the grounds, exhibitions, etc. However, the only access to the church is thru the gift shop. So, even before y...  more »
  • Mission San Juan Bautista is a nice example of a Classic California Mission. . It is clean, neat, enjoyable site to visit. History is within reach here. Completely authentic artifacts make this place ...  more »
  • Worked a concert at this mission, the grounds were nicely kept, the staff was wonderful, and the building very historic. It was a quick walk into town for food from the mission, a very central location.
  • 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.
  • Beautifully preserved piece of history. Awesome views. Incredible atmosphere. I learn something new every time I go.
  • Quaint town surrounding historical mission.
  • We fell in love with this mission. So much wonderful history that was left behind. Just beautiful.