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Mission San Juan Bautista

Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
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97%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Picnicking
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Type: Missions, State Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Picnicking
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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English first
Turlock, California
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
56 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I was so happy to finally see my first mission. It's so neat to look at all the old items the buildings. The church is so awe inspiring.

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Banning, Ca
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235 reviews 235 reviews
118 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Visited here on our way home, this is part of our California Mission tours. Saw 4 missions on this trip. this is A very large mission in great shape. Decorated for Christmas in the main sanctuary. They have a very large museum that shows history of the Mission. Still a active church.

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San Rafael, California
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187 reviews 187 reviews
62 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

One of the better California Missions. It's been very well preserved. The church itself is quite beautiful. A scene from Hitchock's "Vertigo" was filmed here, but apparently they faked the bell tower scene with a set in Hollywood. Oh well, it looked real.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

One can spend at least 2 hours in and around this stunning piece of history. It needs your support and certainly gives you insight into the strength of religion all those years ago to support the community. Great artifacts to view, stunning feeling of God's presence and influence in the Mission. Great photo opportunities. Visit the inside of the mission... More 

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is the fifth mission we have visited. In comparison, this was definitely not the grandest, but it did have its own charm. It's a great stop if you are on your way to Pinnacle National Park, which was exactly what we did. Remember to check out the sign that marks the original route of El Camino Real..

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Calgary, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Mission lies adjacent to the State Park, but is not part of it. Admission is inexpensive (I believe $3, like the State Park). We did not find the written guide particularly helpful. If one has an interest in historical missions, it is worth a look. Even if you are not too interested in such places it is not a... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

One of several Spanish missions we have visited. Unusual in that it sits only a few yards from the San Andreas fault. There is a lovely view of a nearby valley from the grounds, and a walking path along the fault line. the day we visited, a wedding was about to begin, so we cut our visit short.

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minneapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We were staying in Monterey and drove down to San Juan Bautista. This was well worth the 45 minute drive. The Mission is absolutely stunning with beautiful garden and a nice gift shop. I would highly recommend! Note: If you wish to light a candle for a loved one, you need to purchase in the gift shop and take to... More 

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Boston
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This mission has survived multiple earthquakes (the San Andreas fault runs through the courtyard), but is a beautiful peaceful spot

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Menlo Park, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

historic and beautiful with a great Christams show in December. We liked the church, grounds and california history.

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