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Mission San Juan Capistrano

This former Spanish mission was founded in 1776 in colonial Las Californias by Spanish Catholic missionaries of the Franciscan Order.
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Palm Trees over the Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Gardens at Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano is a landmark and a museum. This historic destination has even been referred to as the “Birthplace of Orange County.” It’s the seventh of 21 missions statewide, named after an Italian saint, San Giovanni di Capistrano.

The mission was founded more than two hundred years ago by Junipero Serra Nov. 1, 1776, as the seventh of the 21 missions statewide in California. Over 300,000 people each year visit this historic site – where in addition to several artifacts to view and interactive activities to explore, they will find a chapel still standing where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass.   

This mission was originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans. Today, visitors can explore a range of accessible educational opportunities on-site. 

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San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1300
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Head south on Camino Capistrano

Turn right on Verdugo St

Turn left on Los Rios St to arrive at Mission San Juan Capistrano

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