12/15/11

It was a cold, dreary day...

in the small town San Juan Bautista when I passed through on my way to the Pinnacles. Nonetheless, I took pictures...

IMG_3274

IMG_3276

IMG_3278

IMG_3279

IMG_3281

IMG_3283

IMG_3290

IMG_3294

IMG_3287

San Juan Bautista is home to number 15 of California's 21 Spanish missions, founded on June 24, 1797. Mass has been served daily since its founding, by an unbroken line of pastors. San Juan Bautista = Saint John the Baptist.

IMG_3266

IMG_3184

IMG_3244

Hitchcock filmed the movie Vertigo's pivotal scene here, where Madeleine played by Kim Novak jumps to her death from the bell tower while hapless Scottie played by Jimmy Stewart can only watch. The bell tower was a contrivance. In reality, there is only a bell-wall. (Question: What other Spanish mission appears in Vertigo? Answer.)

IMG_3251

IMG_3252

IMG_3253

The chapel dates from 1803. The original adobe structure built at the founding is gone.

IMG_3227

IMG_3224

IMG_3232

IMG_3231

There is a small garden in the center.

IMG_3191

IMG_3239

IMG_3238

IMG_3218

IMG_3213

IMG_3211

IMG_3195

IMG_3188

IMG_3260

Agricultural fields surround San Juan Bautista for miles and miles.

IMG_3258

4 comments:

Nicole said...

Love the shots, very evocative

Bonnie Story said...

Incredible pics as always!!

Matt said...

love your perspective & really appreciate your regular posts.

Jonah Winn-Lenetsky said...

Also, the mission lies right on the edge of the San Andreas fault. The mission has literally survived for hundreds of years on the edge of the fault.