Distinctive Destinations

Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Founded in 1776 and often referred to as “The Jewel of the Missions,” Mission San Juan Capistrano, is one of the most popular of the 21 missions in California. For the 30 years following its founding, the mission grew and even built the Great Stone Church in 1806. In 1812, and earthquake devastated the mission and caused the church to collapse. The ensuing decades were tumultuous for the Mission San Juan Capistrano, until the Landmarks Club, led by Charles Lummis and resident padre Father John O'Sullivan, pushed for the preservation of the mission. While Mission San Juan Capistrano has a 237-year history, today it is an exciting place that serves as the perfect setting for inspiration and education about California’s early history, its indigenous people, art, architecture and more.

Mission San Juan Capistrano.

photo by: Martin Konopacki, Flickr

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