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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  • August 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 »
  • August 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 »
  • July 30, 2017
    Uncrowded the last weekend of July. Deep ambience of old California, the days of yore. Refresh soul here.  more »
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  • May 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.
  • June 15, 2017
    Great Mission to visit. Great views near the church entrance and many things to see in the Museum.
  • July 10, 2017
    Great mission. The garden is not as beaurifully msintained as Mission San Carlos in Carmel.
  • June 20, 2017
    Beautiful Mission and the town is so cute. Also has museums that are interesting.
  • May 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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