Vertigo - Mission San Juan Bautista
Madeleine remembers more of her dreams. When she tells Scottie of a bell tower in "an old Spanish village" he realizes she is describing the historic mission at San Juan Bautista - he wastes no time driving her there, 90 miles south of San Francisco, in her Jaguar.
Then ... As they near the mission they pass several very large rocks.
Then ... When they are 1 mile south of the 156 East turnoff, still heading north on Highway 101, they pass through this narrow tree-lined stretch of road. Some viewers have wondered if Scottie was driving on the wrong side of the road here but no, as above they are on a divided freeway.
... and Now, in half a century the only changes have been a paved shoulder and an added safety barrier.
Then ... The Jaguar, now heading south on Highway 1 as it should be, turns into 156 East, the mission exit - San Juan Bautista is 3 miles along 156 from here.
... the original tower ... When Hitchcock first visited the mission there was indeed a tower, there since 1868 and seen below in this vintage image. When he returned to film the movie it was gone, removed in 1949 because of termite and dry rot damage. Undeterred, he recreated it, using a painting for the exterior view in the 'Then' image above, and a studio mockup for the interior scenes.
... and Now, below is a closer look at the mission's current bell tower.