Mission San Juan Bautista

Picture taken 11:25am 7 June 2004 Mission San Juan Bautista was founded 24 June 1797 (15th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The Mission is named for Saint John the Baptist. The Indian name was Popelout, or Popeloutchom. It is known for being the largest of the mission churches, with three aisles instead […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Church

Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Cemetery

Exit the Church on the opposite side from where you entered by a door about midway down the side of the Church. You will exit to the cemetery which contains the remains of over 4,000 Native Americans and Europeans. Picture taken 11:20am 7 June 2004 Directly in front of you when you exit the Chruch […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Garden

The gardens are quite extensive. You can visit them before or after the museum. In addition to being populated with a large number of plants and trees, there is a display that highlights and describes all of the various missions in Alta California. Again, just a sampling of what you can see in the garden […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Museum

The museum at this Mission contains a good collection of items and displays. It is housed in most of the area of the Mission that was the original Convento wing where the padres lived and Natives worked. A sample of the items and displays are shown here… Altar Decorations Picture taken 10:45am 7 June 2004 […]

Mission San Juan Bautista Mission Exterior

First thing one should do is take a look at the exterior of the Mission. We’ll start at the entrance under the El Camino Real bell. The State Historical Area will be off to the right and behind you. The original convento wing of the Mission is in front of you and now contains the […]

Mission San Juan Bautista History

In Brief Founded: 24 June 1797 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén Named for: Saint John the Baptist Number in Series: 15th Indian Name: Popelout, or Popeloutchom Brand: Detail Spring 1797: Spanish Corporal Juan Ballesteros and five men arrived at the future mission site. They built a chapel, granary, and houses for the padres and […]