SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MISSIONS – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded by Father Lasuen in 1776, and was the seventh of 21 missions from San Diego to Sonoma, California.

Mission Church

Mission Church

Serra Chapel

Serra Chapel

Serra Chapel

Serra Chapel

Refurbishing the Mission is ongoing, and despite the wear of 230 years it is still beautiful.

Mission Building

Mission Building

Mission Building

Mission Building

Padre's Sitting Room

Padre’s Sitting Room

Mission Building

Mission Building

Mission Bells

Mission Bells

View from inside mission building

View from inside mission building

Mission San Juan Capistrano has not changed over the years, but there is always a debate going on as to whether the great stone church that collapsed during the 1912 earthquake should be rebuilt.  All that is left of the church are arches of the two story, high vaulted Chapel.  The church took 9 years to build and the massive bell tower could be seen from 10 miles away and it is said that when the bells tolled they could be heard out at sea.

Great Stone Church remains

Great Stone Church remains

Original Mission Bells

Original Mission Bells

They were a very industrious people.

INDUSTRIAL CENTER

Metalworking Furnaces

Metalworking Furnaces

Metal Furnace

Metal Furnace

Mission San Juan Capistrano is perhaps the most famous of the southern California missions thanks to the swallows that return to the mission every year on March 19th, St. Joseph’s Day.  They stay for the summer and leave again on the Day of San Juan, October 23, after circling the Mission bidding farewell.  There aren’t many swallows that build their nests at the Mission anymore.  Perhaps the constant restoration taking place or the 300,000 people who visit each year has made them look for other places to nest.  That has not stopped the festivities that take place every March 19th, however.

Swallows' nests

Swallows’ nests

A place to sit and view the nests.

A place to sit and view the nests.

Spending a day at the Mission is a day well spent.  Its past and its present have both cultural and religious significance.

6 Comments on “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MISSIONS – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

  1. Polly and I would love seeing this place. No matter how much we have read about it, it’s not the same as “being there”. Your pictures and descriptive commentary are great.
    Coppy

  2. “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MISSIONS – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
    little USA trips” ended up being extremely enjoyable and useful!
    In todays society that is very hard to deliver. I am grateful, Doug

  3. I actually seem to agree with the whole thing that was in fact written in “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    MISSIONS – SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO | little USA trips”.

    Thanks a lot for all of the actual details.Thanks for your effort-Dwight

    • Thanks Dwight. I love the Missions… so much history. Unfortunately time was short and now that I’m home I will be expanding on the existing posts as well as adding new ones

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