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Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Drawing of the Great Church at Mission San Juan Capistrano

©2006 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

Mission San Juan Capistrano was first founded on October 30, 1775, by Father Fermin Lasuen, abandoned because of rumors of Indian attacks and re-founded November 1, 1776, by Father Junipero Serra. The name Mission San Juan Capistrano honors Saint John of Capistrano, Italy.

If you're here because you want to visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, you may want to read up on its history first, take a look at some pictures or just get the location which is below.

If you're looking for background material for a California Fourth Grade report, use this page and the mission history. If you're building a model for your project, check out the layout and floor plan and take a look at the pictures. If you need some help, try the model-building books and resources.

Interesting Facts about Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Mission San Juan Capistrano is the only one to be founded twice
  • The swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano every year around March 19
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano is sometimes called "Jewel of the Missions" because of its beauty
  • The small chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano is the only place still standing in California where Father Serra said mass

Mission San Juan Capistrano Timeline

  • 1775 - First founded Mission San Juan Capistrano
    1776 - Re-founded by Father Serra
    1797 - New church started
    1806 - New church completed
    1811 - Most successful year at Mission San Juan Capistrano
    1812 - Population of neophytes: 1,361
    1812 - Earthquake destroys church, kills 40
    1835 - secularized
    1849 - Gold Rush
    1850 - California statehood
    1863 - Mission San Juan Capistrano returned to Catholic church

Where Is Mission San Juan Capistrano Located?

Mission San Juan Capistrano is located in southern Orange County, 3 blocks west of I-5 on Ortega Highway. Exit the freeway and turn west onto Ortega Highway. Mission San Juan Capistrano is straight ahead 2 1/2 blocks.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Ortega Highway at Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano CA
Mission Website and current hours

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