"Mission San Antonio de Padua" Jolon by Gwynethart

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A very remote place!

Mission San Antonio de Padua was founded 14 July 1771 (3rd in order) by Blessed Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Anthony. The Indian name was Teshhaya, or Sextapay. The mission is largely restored from the rebuilt original. The current site is about three miles from the original mission.

Mission San Antonio de Padua was built where there were already 20 Salinan Indian villages. It produced wine, flour, leather, and whatever else was needed to support the lives of several thousand people.

While many of these indigenous people died from the Europeans' diseases, they are not extinct. The Salinan Nation Gathers annually at Mission San Antonio.

To learn more about Salinan culture, visit this website: Salinan Elders of the Land

Pomegranate: Romans called it "mala punica."

The climate here is quite dry and hot, and pomegranates thrive in this "Mediterranean" environment. This fruit was actually brought from the Mediterranean region by Spanish sailors and missionaries soon after Cortez conquered Mexico in 1521. It was a useful fruit on voyages because the hard skin helped keep the fruit fresh longer. The padres of the missions planted the pomegranate trees throughout California.


The walls of the mission are thick adobe. On a very hot day, the interior of the building stays quite cool.

On land that once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, the Mission was part of his hunting game reserve, so he protected it. Later, it was the Hearst Foundation that financed the restoration in 1949. Then, they traded the land with the mission to the U.S. Government.

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  • Pros:Interesting California history
  • In a nutshell:History in beautiful surroundings
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2005
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  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Nice tips... we just visited a week ago and didn't see any peacocks. I assume the big herd of cats that now roams the property took care of the birds... :(

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    It's nice to know that I'm not the only VT member to visit this fine place...

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2005 at 10:39 PM

    Great pictures of the music room and hand looks like a palmist's (palm reader's) chart!!! Pretty peacock with the statue too. Love to see such places wherever I go but I did not make it to California on my two trips to the USA. ;-))

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2005 at 1:38 PM

    Glad someone has visited here since we were here long ago.

  • RedEaredPanda's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2005 at 12:44 PM

    Missions are wonderful gems in California to visit.. We've made it our mission to visit all missions while in California.. Haven't been to San Antonio de Padua but looks gorgeous.. THanks for sharing..

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 10:47 PM

    Nice photography here!


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