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Mission San Juan Bautista

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Address: San Juan Bautista, CA
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Picnicking

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Well preserved Spanish mission...

This mission has been lovingly preserved. The church is absolutely beautiful, especially with the afternoon sun streaming through the windows. The gardens are tranquil and pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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West Linn, Oregon
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West Linn, Oregon
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163 reviews 163 reviews
78 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This mission has been lovingly preserved. The church is absolutely beautiful, especially with the afternoon sun streaming through the windows. The gardens are tranquil and pretty. The view of the bell towers brought back memories of the scenes in the movie, "Vertigo". It definitely is worth a visit!

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Arlington, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I visited this mission as a part of my El Camino Real travel project. One thing that touched me deeply during my visit was the display in one of the niches by the altar. It contained photographs of the local Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who died since 9/11. What a great memorial! Other than that, the Mission is wonderful,... More 

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Fresno, Ca
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34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a quaint little town overlooking an agricultural area. It's worth the stop along the way to Monterey. I'm a movie buff, so I always think of Hitchcock's "Vertigo" when I'm here. It was my friend's first visit to the mission, and she was as excited as an Elementary School student on their first field trip!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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143 reviews 143 reviews
31 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Be careful when you go that you don't accidentally enter the mission grounds through the back gate. We had to park on the other side of the school due to so many cars in town that day. As we walked past the school we saw a little archway that said Rectory and made our way through it. Turns out this... More 

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Turlock, California
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137 reviews 137 reviews
63 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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128 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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73 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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