Explore California's 21 Missions

Mission San Jose

Founded by Fray Fermin Francisco de Lasuen in June 11,1797.

Named for Saint Joseph, step father of Jesus Christ and husband of the Blesed Virgin (Patron saint of fathers, carpenters, workers, and holy death). The 14th in the original chain of 21 Alta California missions ( the second largest in the Alta California chain). Destroyed by earthquake in 1868; restored in 1916 and 1950. The present church was reconstructed in 1982-1985.

Early photo circa 1880




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Father Serra
The renovated adobe church still has some of the original buttresses seen here.
San Jose Mission church
Over four feet thick adobe walls, insulates and strengthens the church structure
Beautifully painted interior of the church.
Reeds were a traditional building component, and can be seen today under the church roof.