Mission San Juan Bautista was the fifteenth one built in California, founded June 24, 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen. The name San Juan Bautista means St. John the Baptist.
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Interesting Facts about Mission San Juan Bautista
- Mission San Juan Bautista was the largest mission church in California
- Mission San Juan Bautista is located on the San Andreas Fault
- Mission San Juan Bautista has been in continuous use since 1812
- Mission San Juan Bautista was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo.
Mission San Juan Bautista Timeline
- 1797 - Mission San Juan Bautista founded
1800 - Earthquake
1803 - New church started
1805 - Indian population is 1,100
1808 - Father Cuesta arrives
1812 - New church completed
1812 - Father Tapis arrives
1823 - Population is 1,250
1835 - Secularized
1849 - California Gold Rush
1860 - California statehood
1863 - Missions returned to Catholic church
Where Is Mission San Juan Bautista Located?
Mission San Juan BautistaSan Juan Bautista Mission is also part of State Historic Park. It faces a plaza little changed since the late nineteenth century that includes a hotel, stable and two adobe mansions, all of them original buildings more than 100 years old.
2nd and Mariposa Streets
San Juan Bautista CA
Mission Website and current hours
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park Park WebsiteMission San Juan Bautista is located east of US Hwy 101 between San Jose and Salinas. Take Highway 156 east from 101. At the first stoplight, turn left onto The Alameda. The Alameda changes names to Third Street at Franklin Street. Two blocks further, turn right onto Mariposa Street, then go one block to Second Street and turn left. Mission San Juan Bautista is on the right.