Established: June 24, 1797
By: Father Fermin Lasuen
Order: 15th of the 21 missions
Location: 35 miles North East of Monterey
Named For: St. John the Baptist
Interesting Fact: San Juan Bautista's church was the largest of any mission church at 188 feet long, 72 feet wide and 40 feet tall.
Mission San Juan Bautista is my favorite mission. It was the fifteenth to be built. It was built in 1797. Father Lasuen founded it. It was named after St. John the Baptist. It has the largest of any mission church. It is 188 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 40 feet high. It has a bell tower with three bells. Of these, two are original. One of the bells was a gift from Father Lasuen's home in Spain. I think my mission is the best mission of all!
If I could live in one mission, it would be Mission San Juan Bautista. My mission is mostly made out of tile and adobe bricks. At the mission, Indians made candles and soap out of animal fat. There were thirty six acres of apple orchards there. There is a huge patio surrounded by workshops and Padre's quarters called a quadrangle. The living quarters are two hundred thirty feet long. There are nineteen arches at Mission San Juan Bautista. The Indians made many different things. They made soap, candles, and many things from leather. They made a wheat mush called atole. They also ate tortillas, meat, and vegetables. Mission San Juan Bautista is amazing!
Mission San Juan Bautista has been through a lot! In 1906, there was a big earthquake at the mission. Even though the mission was built next to the San Andreas Fault, the earthquake did little damage to it. The damaged parts were rebuilt. Most of the paintings from 1820 are still intact. The interior was restored to how it was in 1820. From 1949 to 1950, renovators took the stucco tower down and put the bells back on the crossbar. In 1976, the arches were rebuilt and a bell wall was added. The kitchen was restored and now looks as good as new. Mission San Juan Bautista is now a museum. I love Mission San Juan Bautista!