Travel: San Juan Bautista Mission

Cute little Santo De Nino

Totally excited to share this post. I've been asking my husband about visiting a mission for literally years! I would see signs for a Mission near Salinas on our way to the Beach over the years. Ive always wanted to see a real mission because I remember doing a project in 5th grade building a replica of a Mission and learning all about them.
So we were heading back from out trip to Monterey Ca when we stopped at a Windmill shopping center off the main road back home.  I saw a cute sign for the city and mission took a  typical tourist pic with my little one. I told my husband we should totally check it out. Since we left early that day we were able to spend some time touring the Mission. It was not super busy there were people throughout. This was a weekday, I imagine on weekends it is probably more crowded. We were able to spend time in each room and take photos without getting in any ones way.

This place was amazing and breathtakingly beautiful. It opened June 24, 1797 and you could feel the history. I loved that the fee to visit is minimal, there is a cool shop inside before you head out to the Museum/ Chapel and Garden.  The doors throughout the Chapel area are so pretty. The inside of each section of the mission is very cool. The old world style and mood is felt throughout. "Following its creation in 1797, San Juan's population grew quickly. By 1803, there were 1,036 Native Americans living at the mission. "-Wikipedia

The mission and its grounds were featured prominently in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo. Associate producer Herbert Coleman's daughter Judy Lanini suggested the mission to Hitchcock as a filming location. A steeple, added sometime after the mission's original construction and secularization, had been demolished following a fire, so Hitchcock added a bell tower using scale models, matte paintings, and trick photography at the Paramount studio in Los Angeles. The tower does not resemble the original steeple. The tower's staircase was assembled inside a studio.The beautiful Spanish style Architecture and design throughout is just so gorgeous. Here are some of my favorites photos of rooms, windows, doors and fixtures.-google

There is allot of cool information about the Mission if you just google it. I wanted this to be more of a photo focused blog post with a few things here and there. Thanks for reading.


Beautiful Wall and window design
Beautiful Window
Wooden Chandelier




Chapel Door  and Window leading into the Garden

The Garden

The Garden is peaceful and fragrant. There are multiple roses in various shades, a waterfall, gazebo's and statues. It is beautiful and you can hear the happy birds enjoying the garden. Enjoy the pictures I took in the Garden.

The Chapel

Looking at the Altar
Beautiful Reds and Golds
Heavenly Light shining down on my Angel

Candles for Prayers

St. Paul (that litle decor by baby is holy water)

The Museum

The museum is something you cant miss. There are lots of historical artifacts, and a cool tribute to an Alfred Hitchock movie that was filmed there! I have allot of favorites from the Museum. I just took the photos with my Iphone. 

The Mountaintop View

The Mission is located on the hilltop of beautiful San Juan Bautista. Although it is not in a coastal town , it still gets that nice coastal climate in a way.

I hope everyone enjoyed my photos from our family trip the the Mission of San Juan Bautista, California. It was a remarkable place.


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