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.
Following 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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  • This is one of three Missions I’ve visited throughout the US and the only one that is still holding mass. It’s a wonderful dose of history. Enjoyed our tour here.  more »
  • On Saturday my California hosts took me to see the historic Mission San Juan Bautista, which was time well spent. Mission San Juan Bautista, established in 1797 by Franciscans, continues to function a...  more »
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  • I loved this place ! Everything is very well maintained and the shops around the mission are super cute. It's a little town. Super little! But I recommend you going there just for the beauty of the mission and the history. Stop by the gift shop, they have nice things to take home.
  • Oh... mine... What a charming little town! I just stopped by chance and couldn't stop walking around... Lovely Mission, Thift Store, restaurants, cafes, bars, antique stores and wonderful scenery of landscape and wild flowers... People are so sweet and nice... Will come back with loved ones...

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