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.
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  • One of the best missions to visit. It has a good balance of keeping the authentic feel planted in a historic area and at the same time it's full of life so it doesn't feel artificial. 
    One of the best missions to visit. It has a good balance of keeping the authentic feel planted in a historic area and at the same time it's full of life so it doesn't feel artificial.  more »
  • We were able to visit this Mission as part of our trip to CA. We now only have one mission left to visit--hopefully our next time we go to CA. 
    We were able to visit this Mission as part of our trip to CA. We now only have one mission left to visit--hopefully our next time we go to CA.  more »
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  • Beautiful day to visit, lots of tour busses. Flowers are blooming, fields are green. 😊 Added some videos. Been here a number times, great history, nice garden and gift store, and popular venue for weddings (seen at least three during different visits). Brought the children here when they needed to work on a mission project for their school. Maybe spend up to an hour or so browsing around.
  • A really nice place to visit and historic. We were in town for a flea market and decided to take a walk. We were fortunate to be visit in side the catholic church and garden. Big bonus being able to visit a property and home that was donated by a family and look in there home of what life was like. Beautiful weather and beautiful time. Hope to come back.

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