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MISSION SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

Mission San Juan Bautista Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Juan Bautista Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Juan Bautista. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
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Large Size Mission Model
Mission San Juan Bautista Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Juan Bautista Model Only
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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches

History of Mission San Juan Bautista


Fortunately for the Padres, members from the Costanoan tribe came to Mission San Juan Bautista immediately to help with construction. Within six months, a church, granary, barracks, monastery, and adobe houses had all been built by the Padres and Costanoan. The Costanoan population grew rapidly and in 1800, there were 500 Costanoan living at Mission San Juan Bautista.

While attracting Costanoan to the mission was important, the Padres also worked hard to make sure there was enough food for everyone to eat. Unlike other missions, Mission San Juan Bautista did not need to create an irrigation system to water crops because of the nearby river called El Rio de Parajo. At the mission, they focused on growing the basic crops like corn, wheat, and grapes for wine. Ranchos (farms) were built around the mission to raise sheep, horses, and cows.

While in many ways, the location for Mission San Juan Bautista seems perfect, it was actually built on San Andreas Fault which has caused problems a number of times. In October, 1798, the ground shook so often that the Padres slept outside on the ground because they worried the buildings might collapse on them. The earthquakes also often caused cracks in the walls, but surprisingly did not destroy the buildings on the missions. The Padres took advantage of the need for repairs by widening and expanding the church from 1803 to 1812. Once they finished, the church was the largest at any California mission and can hold 1,000 people.

Another unique aspect of Mission San Juan Bautista is how many different Native American tribes ended up living there. The Costanoan were made up of many smaller tribes with their own languages. Later on, the Spanish military began to push into the interior of California and won battles against the more warlike tribes that lived there. Survivors of these wars often fled to missions where they found a new home. According to records kept by one of the Padres, there were as many as 42 different Native American tribes living at the mission at one time and they spoke 13 different languages. Despite the wide variety of tribes, many Native Americans chose to live and die at San Juan Bautista and over 4,000 Native Americans are buried there.

In 1834, Mexico won its independence from Spain and quickly stopped the California mission system that had been run for many years. The Mexican government needed money and sold as much mission land as it could across California which led to several missions falling into ruin. Mission San Juan Bautista avoided this fate and while the lands around the mission were sold, the church never stopped holding services for visitors. The Costanoan and other Native Americans left the mission during this time and the surrounding area quickly became a small town with white settlers. These settlements grew into a town which is called San Juan Bautista.

There are a number of reasons why Mission San Juan Bautista is worth visiting, but one of the biggest is its location. The mission faces a beautiful plaza with a number of buildings which are not only over 100 years old but also historically accurate. This means visitors can combine a trip to the mission and Plaza Hotel which has a barroom and stables like during the California Gold Rush. Mission San Juan Bautista offers gardens and a museum as well. Mission San Juan Bautista was the largest of all the California missions and though was built in a dangerous location, it has stood the test of time and earthquakes which make it well worth visiting.