Orange County and Catalina Island Sights

Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Camino Capistrano and Ortega Hwy. Map It
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

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Founded in 1776 by Father Junípero Serra, Mission San Juan Capistrano was one of two Roman Catholic outposts between Los Angeles and San Diego. The Great Stone Church, begun in 1797, is the largest structure created by the Spanish in California. Many of the mission's adobe buildings have been preserved to illustrate mission life, with exhibits of an olive millstone, tallow ovens, tanning vats, metalworking furnaces, and the padres' living quarters. The gardens, with their fountains, are a lovely spot in which to wander. The bougainvillea-covered Serra Chapel is believed to be the oldest church still standing in California, and is the only building remaining in which Fr. Serra actually led Mass. Mass takes place weekdays at 7 am in the chapel. Enter via a small giftshop in the gatehouse.

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Camino Capistrano and Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, California, 92675, United States

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  • $9

Published 07/06/2016


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