Mission San Juan Bautista was founded in 1797 and was fifteenth in the chain. Named after John the Baptist, the mission is located in the town of San Juan Bautista, north of Salinas. The new church grew extremely well from the beginning. More and more buildings were added to accommodate the large numbers of converts. Earthquakes damaged the buildings numerous times and finally the founding padres constructed buildings with earthquakes in mind. Unbeknownst to these early padres, their mission was located on the edge of the infamous and most destructive California earthquake fault, the San Andreas. Early decoration features, including colorful reredos are still visible today. Visitors can get an idea of what the early mission and community looked like as a result of the restoration efforts of the original buildings in the village by the State of California and private groups in 1939. The cemetery wall overlooks one of the few remaining sections of the original north-south highway, which joined all the missions, El Camino Real.
Painstakingly sculpted by hand, then reproduced in cold-cast porcelain, each Mission de Oro collectible contains the minute details that remind us of their pastoral history. Towering palm trees shelter colorful gardens while red-tiled roofs keep the rain off white stucco walls – each mission tells a warm story of California history.
This “Cameo-sized” mission is approximately 3"W x 3"D x 2"H.