San Juan Bautista Things to Do

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    Historical buildings

    by trvlrtom Written Jan 7, 2007

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    Along with the mission, the town plaza is ringed by several historical 19th century buildings that can be visited as a part of the State park: the Plaza Hotel, Plaza Hall and stable, blacksmith shop, granary, jail, and Castro-Breen Adobe.

    Inside the stable there is a good collection of horse drawn carriages, including those for private use, work and transport.

    Plaza Hall and the stable.
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    See the mission

    by trvlrtom Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    The mission, the fifteenth of the twenty-one missions in what is now California, was established in 1797 by Fr. Fermin de Lasuen, Presidente of the California Missions following Junipero Serra.

    One thing you will find to be unique here is an exhibit on seismology. The town sits along the famous San Andreas Fault, which runs along much of California.

    The mission was also a site chosen for the 1957 Alfred Hitchcock movie "Vertigo."

    Bells
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    El Camino Real

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Along the eastern edge of San Juan Bautista, just down the small slope of the mission and plaza towards the valley, is a portion of the Spanish Camino Real, the Royal Road, connecting the Spanish missions and settlements along California's coast. Today, a modern highway roughly follows much of the route, but it diverges significantly in some areas, such as this. Here, through thick bushes and trees, is an unpaved portion of the original road, passing the mission below its escarpment and the wall of is cemetery. One can see an impressive, picturesque view of the mission from the road, giving a good feel for how the mission would have appeared to weary travellers 200 years ago. For that view, see my tip about the mission itself. One picture shows the mission from the road.

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    Mission San Juan Bautista

    by WulfstanTraveller Updated Apr 19, 2006

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    This is a Spanish mission, founded in 1797, and with one of the largest and most substantial churches of the missions. It is still used as a church and is well-known as the place from which Kim Novak's character in Vertigo fell to her death. The mission is quite extensive and has more of the original structure and art reamining than some other missions, some of which are essentially completely new structures.

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    San Juan Bautista Antique Shops

    by atufft Written Nov 26, 2005

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    I'm not a great fan of antiques and art galleries per se, but San Juan Bautista has enough to keep those who are busy browsing for an hour or two. The web link below is the city's main page. They should have all the details one might need. I just enjoy walking along the authentic wooden sidewalks.

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    Mission Grounds are worth a stroll

    by atufft Written Nov 26, 2005

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    Go to my main page for complete details, but basically the San Juan Bautista Mission retains the original setting by an unpaved section of the Camino Real. The Chapel while less ornate than other missions, it is not overly restored, has the original surrounding buildings, and the graveyard isn't filled with so many settler tombstones. The Mission grounds have picnic tables, and the mission museum and gift shop are pleasantly uncrowded.

    Mission San Juan Bautista Widest Chapel in the Mission System Some of the best preserved Mission grounds Chapel Door Three Bell Campa��a and Three Arch Cathedral
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    Mission

    by grandmaR Written Sep 25, 2014

    Most of San Juan Bautista is a state park. This park is the site of one of California's 21 Franciscan missions.

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    Propping up the arch Sign about the mission
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    The Old Hotels

    by atufft Written Apr 14, 2007

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    There are actually two old hotels on the mission plaza one of which is in use, the other of which is part of the California state property.

    Hotel on the Plaza at San Juan Bautista Hotel and Stables as Seen From the Plaza
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