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Mission San Juan Bautista

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Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
Phone Number: 8007770369
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New view of old California

I've visited most of California's missions and marveled at the architecture, and palpable sense of history. Mission San Juan Bautista stands our as one of the best preserved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Foodman2010
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Fairfield, California
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Fairfield, California
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've visited most of California's missions and marveled at the architecture, and palpable sense of history. Mission San Juan Bautista stands our as one of the best preserved missions, offering an amazing experience that travelers on I-80 should not miss. The mission is very large compared to most California missions and its courtyard is full of plants and artifacts of... More 

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Park City, Utah
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were disappointed in arriving to go into church to say some prayers. The man in the gift shop said we seniors have to pay $3. each to go into the church. It is well established that catholic Churches remain open 7 days a week 24hrs a day. Parties are not supposed be charged to go in and pray. This... More 

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Hollister, California
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the Mission in San Juan Bautista must be on everyone's "bucket list". The California State Parks has invested resources to maintain this historic site. School field trips are popular in the spring and summer. Enjoy the Mission, shops, restaurants and "Bears Hideaway" (if you are 21) in San Juan Bautista.

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Thank Joyce M
San Francisco, California
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460 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Took some time off from home renovations on a recent Saturday to continue exploring our adopted state of California. Of course the "Vertigo" connection was in mind when selecting SJB for a day trip. Very interesting church and historical buildings - although this is a state park, it is not too "formal," so you feel like you've stepped back in... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We reached around 10.00am and found it less crowded. Lot of historical information and artifacts exhibited. Parking was freely available near the mission office. It has a very beautiful garden on the side. 7 arches with stations of the cross photos on each side of the arch looks really good. Should be more beautiful during the spring season. The church... More 

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Dundas, Canada
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115 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This site holds lots of history and was one of the 21 Missions along the historical El Camino Real route. It is situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful agricultural fields. Provided us with lots of history of California and this area we did not know. The well preserved chapel is still used for mass on Saturday & Sunday.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The Spanish Missions of California offer glimpses of an alternative history when Americans had not reached the West Coast and Spain ruled.San Juan Bautista Historic park preserves one of the largest of such Missions. Situated off Rt 101, it is an easy drive from most places in N. California. There is enough to see to make this a fascinating day... More 

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Thank bansir18
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

The Mission has been restored since my childhood and adolescene. I have many find memories of years past during the development of my religious myths.

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Thank George A. J
Los Angeles
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54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Go back in time and visit a mission that looks very similar to it origial construction and even the surronding area appears to have changed very little. $4 entrance fee for adults. $3 for seniors $3 for candles Takes about 45 minutes for a self tour. (depends on how much reading you due in each room) Parking is plentiful. Between... More 

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Thank ganon
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Not to be missed. This is a very interesting historic site. Not only the church but the whole Plaza around the church offers historic buildings with great exhibits. For Alfred Hitchcock fans, this is the church tower featured in "Vertigo."

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