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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  • We took a nice walk at the historic Mission San Juan Bautista. There is the nice mission and a garden.  more »
  • We stopped by Mission San Juan Bautista on our was to Pinnacles National Park. The mission was closed when we went there recently (due to COVID), but the grounds were very nice and peaceful.  more »
  • Beautiful location. This is one of the better missions. Great place to bring the kids and have them run around in the grassy area in front. Unfortunately it's a no dogs allowed area. Places to eat and shops just around the corner. Worth checking out.
  • One of the most beautiful gardens at a mission we've ever seen. Stop and smell the roses, they have different scents. This Mission has the largest church of all of the missions. Stop and pet the cat Sula, and look for the big beautiful red rooster.

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