Mission Post #3 – San Juan Bautista

The northernmost mission on my trips to central California missions was in San Benito County off highway 101.

The old Camino Real, or Royal Road, that connected each mission within more or less one day’s horse ride, abuts the property here, usually it is buried under 101

The wild almond trees were blooming with a honey scent

The famous mission bells

A better view

Inside it is still a working church like the others

Pulpit?

Beautiful artwork

The old mission walls are preserved with the current coating of plaster, but there are a few windows into its old bones

Like these old painted sections

Beautiful

The museum also displays native american items, from those who were near the mission

Including grinding stones

This diorama was quite detailed

And more exposed adobe wall

Sorry for the glares, a priest’s cabinet

Some very old books on display, this ‘Applying Geographic Principals for the Use of Maps’ was from 1735

And others even older

The priest had pretty nice digs

Outside where the workers/natives lived was less refined, with large cooking pots and shacks

The garden was quite nice, lots of very old plants

And contemplative views

Another almond or a stone fruit tree in bloom

 

In back is the cemetery where many of the priests are buried

An olive grove surrounds this peaceful hideaway

It has a commanding view of the surrounding San Juan valley

A proper resting place for these religious servants

See you next time.

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