Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA

Not too long ago, I visited Mission San Juan Capistrano in California.


Entrance  “Founded November 1, 1776”

There’s a self guided audio tour that you can pay for while you walk around the grounds.


The map. Basically, you match where you stand and punch in the number to listen to the history.

I wasn’t too fond of the numbering system of the audio tour (no logical order). After a while, I gave up trying to listen to the audio and just wandered around.


Inside the buildings, sections were roped off and staged with authentic decor.  

The grounds were beautiful, even if it was cold and rainy.


The original church collapsed during an earthquake in the middle of a mass, killing and injuring several people.


Ruins of the original church

There is a small church there now, a part of the original structures.  It’s still active, but it is significantly smaller than the original.


View of the church from the front/near the altar.


Altar and beautiful artwork

Overall, I loved the blend of California history and Catholic history.  It’s a beautiful place to visit at least once.

Does anyone have a mission they love to visit?  Have you been to this one?



  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Reminds me of the San Antonio one. Back than not a lot of folks therefore small amount of space required. pretty cool. would be nice to go back in time and look at it..

    1. The original church was massive, though..,.based upon the ruins. As for the room I took a picture of, I’m not sure if they converted the chapel or if they just cleared some of the rooms to turn it into a church.

  2. hey dear love your pictures. Thanks for sharing them. One beautiful place.

    1. Thanks! I wish I had been able to see it on a sunny day but the landscaping and structures were still beautiful.

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