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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  • So, living locally for a few years, I've taken visiting friends and family here numerous times. The first time I was surprised at how much there was to see and do here. At first glance, I did t think ...  more »
  • The Mission has been a wonderful place for children and adults of all ages. I went here when I was a small girl with my school, and now enjoyed it even more as an adult. The mission and the museums ar...  more »
  • Mission San Juan Bautista the largest of the California missions is worth the time to stop in and visit.  more »
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  • Beautiful Mission San Juan Bautista. Awesome place to go with friends and family. Really get emersed in Californian history. Also close to great location for food like Dona Esther's to grab on the way and have a picnic at the mission. Try to stay for Sunday mass regardless if you are religious or not. As it is really nice and you feel good after. The mission is a compound so not only is the church there but also old building next to it that served purpose back in the day. Me and my family drive here at least 3-4 times a month. We love it. There is a beautiful view in the back of the mission that looks over the old rodeo grounds, now being crop fields. We always walk down there. I try to bring many people here as the small town deserves to be noticed. Mission San Juan Bautista is my favorite mission of them all.
  • San Juan Bautista is a beautiful place to visit and the mission is the heartbeat of this town. Whatever your religion or beliefs, this is an amazing part of California's history and culture... Cultures (plural) really. It's a hands on, interactive experience that you're sure to enjoy.
  • A perfect trip for the day. The mission has many areas to relax and rest. Benches under shady trees or beautifully manicured rose trellises. There are 2 gift shops. One geared toward children and the other adults. Bathrooms are located in several locations. The church still holds masses. Every docent was amazingly hospitable not mention knowledgable. Small town shops and eateries in VERY NEAR walking distance, yet not uptight. Great visit for any group big or small!!!
  • Well worth a visit! The Mission Churches are such a rich part of California history. Makes a great day trip from the Bay Area. Mission San Juan Bautista is stunning, and the grounds are very pleasant. The town is within walking distance, and is very quaint with plenty of restaurants. Parking is not an issue.
  • Nice place for a school field trip as the town is very safe to walk for them. Nice historical place but nothing else. You can spend around an hour and a that's it.
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