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Mission San Juan Bautista

 Here in California you spend your elementary school years writing reports and making dioramas of these missions.  This is the Mission of San Juan Bautista.  It is about 40 minutes from Monterey in San Benito County.
 I have visited 3 other missions and this one is definitely the biggest.  The gardens are just gorgeous and the history here is just astonishing.  This mission was founded in 1797 in what was referred to as Alta California.  As you may know this area went from Spanish rule to Mexican and finally it became the California that was founded in 1850 after the Mexican American war.
 While in hindsight we may not agree with how the Spaniards came to "New Spain" to try to colonize the Pacific Coast, it is still part of this area's history.  The Monterey area was colonized in 1790 and although a huge part of the colonization did include religious conversion, there was also a military component.  In fact, the Presidio of Monterey where I spend a quite a bit of time at is now the home of DLI and was the former "Castillo" (a small fort with 11 cannons).  Of course "presidio" en español means : a fortress established in the southwest United States by the Spanish to protect their holdings and missions.

 Although we could go on and on about the history, let's take a quick look at the lovely gardens.

If you are ever in California I recommend you stop by one of these missions.  The distance between each mission is a day's horse ride away but luckily that just means a about a couple hours drive between each mission.
Happy Sunday and that completes today's tour.


Linda said...

Hi - I wish I had places nearby that are rich in history ---in Florida so much is spread out and day's away usually!

Thanks for sharing!

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Bella-Fleur said...

Beautiful ! We were in cali 3 years ago and would have loved to see some of the missions just not enough time! we did the napa sonoma wine tour! Can't wait to go to cali again! love it :-)you are a lucky girl

Fabiana ~ Ciao Newport Beach said...

This looks like a beautiful mission, and I would love to visit it sometime soon. It looks so tranquil and beautiful, and what gorgeous colors! Thanks for posting.


beachcomber said...

beautiful! love the style of the building and the gardens.

MissBliss said...

stunning! I would love to see these... thanks for the pictures and stories :)

style odyssey said...

Interesting post, Laura, and gorgeous images. I'd like to see this in person.

simpledaisy said...

So very beautiful!!! So much to see and do in your neck of the woods!!!

Mimi said...

thanks for this tour! :)

i remember those mission reports and dioramas too!!! fortunately, michael's sells those ready to make mission diorama sets, haha. :) my mom had to go through 3 of those projects. ;)

<3, Mimi

Desire Empire said...

How interesting. I love any history so thanks for sharing. Your shots are great.

Loui♥ said...

Hi Laura..
lovely post with such gorgeous photos!!
(not my bday.. but I did host an online virtual Surprise Birthday Party for my dearest friend Shellbelle last weekend.. Her birthday was on the 25th..Mine is not due until November 4th..
but thanks so much for the kind wishes..
warmest sandy hugs..

Cindy Whitehead said...

GORGEOUS pictures!! That is one beautiful church!!!

Cindy Whitehead said...

oops meant to say Mission not church! (-:

me said...

My parents took my brother and I to several Missions. It is still a great memory for me (baby bro? not so much, but then again back then he was just a shti.)It has been years since we have been in CA, but Spotty Chop has said several times that he wants to see the Redwoods. Who am I not to show him Missions?

Thanks for a trip down memory lane!

becky said...

So glad I stopped by and spotted this mission post. I'm a BIG fan of California missions, can't get enough of 'em.

Everything Coastal said...

Oh shoot - I missed this post earlier. I knew you would love this little town, and the mission, I am so happy that you got a chance to go visit.


Everything Coastal said...

PS If you missed them, go back, and check out all of the fun antique and vintage stores.

Gina said...

WOW this is gorgeous!!

xo, gina