Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • Address: 26801 Ortega Hwy
  • Vicinity: Camino Capistrano
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Founded in 1776 by Padre Junípero Serra, this is the seventh in the chain of 21 missions established in Alta California to Christianize and civilize the Indians. The stone church was destroyed in 1812 earthquake. Expropriated during Mexican rule, the mission was returned to the Catholic church in 1865 by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. - CA State Parks

The mission is also notable for flocks of swallows that sometimes return to the Great Stone Church ruins to build nest on March 19th, St Joesph's day. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Padre Junipero Serra Significant name


Joel R Congdon House
  • NRHP

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Particulars for Mission San Juan Capistrano:
Architectural Style American Colonial
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Church school
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Cultural Affiliation New Spain
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Cultural Affiliation Spanish California

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 3rd September 1971

Registry Name: Mission San Juan Capistrano
Registry Address: Camino Capistrano and Ortega Hwy.
Registry Number: 71000170
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Colonial
Area in Acres: 5
Contributing Buildings: 4
Contributing Sites: 4
Contributing Structures: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Historic and non-aboriginal, Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person, Information Potential
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Cultural Affiliation: Spanish California
Period of Significance: 1750-1799, 1800-1824
Significant Year: c 1800
Associated People: Serra,Padre Junipero
Historic Function: Religion, Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure, Church school, Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Education
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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