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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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Great day trip

We came here for my son's 4th grade Mission project. We truly enjoyed walking around the beautiful Mission. Learned quite a bit about El Camino Real & why there are bells along... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Vallejo, California
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Vallejo, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We came here for my son's 4th grade Mission project. We truly enjoyed walking around the beautiful Mission. Learned quite a bit about El Camino Real & why there are bells along some freeways in CA. Also, there's an excellent Mexican Restaurant, Jardines de San Juan, just a few blocks down the road and to the left. It was a... More 

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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited a total of 9 missions; San Juan Bautista has simplicity and beauty and is surrounded by a town and a State Park that celebrates its heritage.

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West Linn, Oregon
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78 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
35 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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145 reviews 145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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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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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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199 helpful votes 199 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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