Mission San Juan Capistrano

California State Historic Landmark 200

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location. Links Landmark comments.

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#200 San Juan Capistrano Mission
Founded in 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra, the seventh in the chain of twenty-one missions established in Alta California to Christianize and civilize the indians. Stone church destroyed in 1812 earthquake. Expropriated during Mexican rule. Returned to Catholic church in 1865 by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.

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NW corner of Ortega Hwy and Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.



The mission is also famous for swallows that return each year.

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