Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded 1 November 1776 (7th in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint John of Capistrano, Italy. The Indian name was Sajirit or Quanis-savit. Nicknamed “Jewel of the Missions” San Juan Capistrano is perhaps the most famous because of the swallows that arrive mid-March (19 March […]

Mission San Juan Capistrano Exterior

From the Archives I made one visit to the mission as a child. Traveling with my mother, grandmother, and aunt we saw the mission in the early 1950s. I had my trusty Kodak box camera and below are the better of the exterior pictures I took that day… At the fountain in the plaza garden […]

Mission San Juan Capistrano History

History In Brief Founded: 1 November 1776 by Saint Junípero Serra Named for: Saint John of Capistrano, Italy Number in Series: 7th Indian Name: Sajirit or Quanis-savit Brand:  Detail date: Item.     2000: The church is officially called Basilica of Mission San Juan Capistrano. A Basilica is a Church of historic significance as determined […]