Mission San Juan Bautista

Located on a low hill overlooking the fertile San Juan Valley, Mission San Juan Bautista sits on a rising crustal block on the Pacific side of the San Andreas Fault. Since it was established in June of 1797, the mission has suffered damage from a variety of earthquakes. Shaking was said to be so severe…

Doors of Mission Carmel

Last week I headed back to Carmel-by-the-Sea to visit the Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo commonly known as Carmel Mission or Mission Carmel. The mission, originally established at the presidio in Monterey was relocated in 1771 to the Carmel Valley. The stone church and mission residences were built around a large inner courtyard and stands…

The Doors of San Juan Bautista

One of the oldest towns on the Central Coast of California, Mission San Juan Bautista was established in 1797 by Fr. Fermin de Lausen. During the Gold Rush, the population of the area quickly grew. The town was eventually incorporated in 1869. The character of the architecture and doors, the small scale of this old western…