We were driving home from our little Monterey get-away when I suggested that we keep an eye on the sign to any other Missions around this area. Luckily, we set out for home early enough to accommodate a side trip to any mission, that was no chance, we planned for a side trip, should e find out.
Luckily, my memory was spot on. There was a Mission around these parts and when the road sign to Mission San Juan Bautista came, we took the exit.
Unfortunately, the little drizzle that accompanied our drive on the freeway turned into major downpour when we entered the town. Easily we found the Mission. It was in in what appears to be a town square. I shall not show you the other buildings that form the square, only the Mission.
This mission is the only mission with 3 naves and the widest of all the mission churches of California. Among the largest of all missions at 190 feet long, Mission San Juan Bautista is directly over the San Andreas fault, but due to relatively careful construction, important parts have survived. After the 1906 earthquake, it was rebuilt with steel, reinforced concrete and heavy cross-bracing so that is considered safer now than ever before.
1797 - June 24, founded by Lasuen, 15th mission. Named for John the Baptist.
1798 - First church completed.
1803 - Second present church begun.
1812 - Dedicated.
1835 - Secularized.
1859 - Ground returned to church.
1906 - Damaged by earthquake.
1949 - Restored, financed by Hearst Foundation.
Shooting under an umbrella. Hubs and I took turns taking pictures and holding the umbrella.
Middle nave - main altar.
Left nave, did not get a good shot of the right nave.
Log of births and deaths.
A pit on the floor where people throw donations for the mission.
Couldn't get out to the cemetery because it was pouring.
And the resident cat needed to get inside the gift shop, what is it about cats and gift shops?
We strolled around the garden in pouring rain and took these shots.