Mission of San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, United States

The Mission of San Juan Capistrano is one of several Spanish missions in California built for the purpose of converting people to the Catholic faith. Established in 1776 it was the largest Spanish building in California. Unfortunately it was partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1812 and gradually fell into disuse. However it was revived in the 20th century and is now once more a flourishing ministry.


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Founded: 18th century
Category: Religious sites in United States


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Ania K (10 months ago)
Relaxing & spiritual ~ Whether you're religious, into history or architecture or just need a break from the daily grind this place has something for everyone. I love spending quiet time wandering around beautiful places and this place made me feel very happy and at peace. You can sit on a bench & watch butterflies fly from one flower to the next or observe a priest as he walks by and it feels like you're far from everything outside of this place. It's quiet, very beautiful and rich with history. I recommend taking your time and exploring the grounds. Come early and beat the crowds and you'll even get to listen to the church bells ring. The church is intimate & very peaceful and as you walk from one area to the next you're reminded of how people once lived. We truly have everything nowadays and even that isn't enough for some of us. Come here and reflect on all your blessings. Admission is $9 per person but they do offer several different types of discounts. The fee is very worth it and the grounds are kept in pristine conditions. Parking can be tricky as they don't have designated spots but it's worth driving around until you find a space. Don't miss the gift shop that's filled with so many great treasures.
ivan oliveros (11 months ago)
Beautiful Mission like all others. They have a wonderful radio device that plays historic facts on your ears like a phone, very informative. People were wearing masks and they are observing covid guidelines. Overall a great experience.
Jessica Melody (12 months ago)
A wonderful place to spend a few hours exploring 200 years of history. There is something here for everyone. Beautiful paintings, history of mission, gardens that are the full of not only beautiful flowers, but examples of some of the foods that were eaten are grown here. Grapes that were used for wine (just don't pick them) are there, samples of mission brands and even a hide showing what was used for branding cattle is just one of the many exhibits to see. The two fountain in the courtyard have Koi fish that you can feed (go to the gift shop and buy food for only $1.00. The majesty of the mission can not only be seen, but felt through the thick walls and cool rooms. The gift shop also has treasures that can be bought and a staff that is friendly and willing to help and answer any questions.
Fred Williams (13 months ago)
Very informative and our docent Jessica was on point.
Romulo A. RIVAS (13 months ago)
great spiritual outdoor place to visit !
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