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Junipero Serra Statue

Interstate 280, San Mateo, CA
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Is It Art or Controversy? Maybe some of Each.

The rendering of Father Junipero Serra shows a lumpy and large figure in a cassock pointing a... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Los Gatos, California

An interesting statue - guess if they had him facing the correct direction his rear would be the... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Truckee, California
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Interstate 280, San Mateo, CA

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Reviewed 28 May 2017

The rendering of Father Junipero Serra shows a lumpy and large figure in a cassock pointing a finger toward the ocean. I like it because 1) it's next to a welcomed rest stop and 2) it's a conversation starter. Serra is a controversial leader, historically,...More

Thank VWriter
Reviewed 25 February 2017

An interesting statue - guess if they had him facing the correct direction his rear would be the view from the freeway.

Thank sharon33191
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a great spot to just catch your breath before you get to the City! Nice clean bathrooms and a place to let the dogs out of the car for a bit! Good View of the Crystal Springs water shed! Huge statue of Junipero...More

Thank Frank J
Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you want to take a selfie with an artless statue of a masochistic church leader who enslaved and killed countless Native Americans, be sure to stop here. If you are really lucky, it will be one of the days when he has been dressed...More

2  Thank hellohappyhello
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This eyesore has been gracing Interstate 280 for years and it is still one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. It just looks ridiculous but I guess after all these years Junipero Serra doesn't care.

1  Thank Jeanne U
Reviewed 29 September 2016

I grew up up on the Peninsula. This statue is an eyesore. The area that it is located is beautiful forest and one of the most scenic man-made lakes. Father Serra was a blight to the local Native Americans.

1  Thank rastacubbie
Reviewed 28 May 2016

This is a roadstop on what used to be the world's most beautiful highway until they let it get overgrown and covered with litter. Its a nice statue of a now saint. It gets decorated during football seasons for local high schools on occasion. There...More

Thank WillieMacfan
Reviewed 23 March 2016

The Statue of Junipero Serra is one of several rest stops along Highway 280 between Millbrae and San Jose, a route we often took. When our daughter was younger and studying about the California Missions and Father Serra, this was one of her favorite stops....More

1  Thank Bay-Area-Grandma
Reviewed 28 December 2015

Good build quality; depicts the popular local icon well. Nice spot for fresh air, eat a snack and rest, etc.

Thank touristguy2016
Reviewed 13 October 2015

I took a group up on Interstate 280, six years ago, and seen this statue. It is really a nice view of the area that it is in, and it also handy due to it is a rest area, bathrooms, etc. I highly recommend--especially if...More

Thank Driver_316
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