Explore California's 21 Missions

Mission San Juan Bautista

Founded by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen in June 24, 1797. Named for Saint John the Baptist, son Zachariah and Baptizer of Jesus Christ ( Patron saint of monks). This Mission is the largest in the 21 Alta Californian chain. Damaged by 1906 earthquake; restored in 1949-1950. The walls of this mission are four feet thick and took the indians 15 years to build.

Early photo circa 1880, showing the mission with a bell tower. Since this photo was taken the roof to the tower was blown down and the tower was later removed.
Massive adobe structure towers over visitors
Father Serra
Vibrantly painted interior of church

Mission border motif
Long and massive adobe columns
Mission San Juan Bautista is located very close to the San Andreas Fault line, the arrow in this photo shows the different elevations along the fault line.
This small mission cemetery holds the remains of 4300 indians, Spanish and pioneer settlers in unmarked graves.



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