Monday, March 24, 2014

Mission San Juan Bautista

I have this "thing" about California Spanish Missions. I love the history, the architecture, the adobe, the landscaping. It's all just so cool. We visited two missions on our trip.
This one is the Mission San Juan Bautista, or The Mission of John the Baptist, built in 1812. It is an inland mission, where Indians were taught to farm and their souls were saved. It was built next to the San Andreas Fault. Like, the wall of the mission is on the fault. How is it still standing? We walked on a trail that goes right on top of the fault. How are we still standing?

Like all missions, it has a bell marking the Camino Real.
 It has arches too. I love arches.
The mission was closed when we got there, so we couldn't walk in the gardens. Through this locked gate there was an historic cemetery. Picture me pressing my camera lens through the cracks in the gate to get that cemetery shot.
 Favorite shots:
 Great bell tower! Love that history!

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