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Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949 234 1300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Gardens, Museums
Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the... more » Owner description: Visit the birthplace of Orange County, California Landmark and Museum. The most beautiful mission in the world and renowned for return of the swallows. Guided tours daily and audio tour available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Vietnamese. Hands-on activities include California Missions Resource Studio, Curiosity Carts, Native American Basket Weaving, Koi Fish Feeding, and Panning for Gold and Adobe Brick Making. The site itself serves as a living outdoor museum with original buildings constructed by Native Americans in the 18th century including the Serra Chapel, Ruins of the Great Stone Church, and the original padres’ quarters of the South Wing. Relax in peaceful and stunning gardens. « less
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The mission in San Juan is so beautiful! We loved walking through the Mission. The staff was very nice and answered all the questions we had. I will definitely come back!

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Totowa, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Church was spectacular. What an amazing place, only regret was missed attending mass at the mission. Again a must see for Catholics traveling to the area. The 21 missions scattered along the California coast are a real treasure for all.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I am from Chicago but was visiting my boyfriend in L.A. and we drove down from West L.A. we managed to make it there in like 45 minutes too which is quite impressive if you know California... But anyway, admission is $9 for adults and it comes with a free audio tour or you can pay $3 for a guided... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I grew up in California, but had not visited this Mission in several years. It is very well done and quite educational. Although it was substantially damaged by an earthquake, it is still in better condition than many others. It is in a very quaint town and is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Tracy, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

In 1775, “Mission San Juan Capistrano” was founded by Father Lasuen. A few weeks after the party of padres and soldiers arrived, they received word of the Indian attack on the San Diego mission which forced the padres to stop construction and go help. November 1, 1776, on All Saint’s Day, Father Serra personally led a party back to Mission... More

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Commerce, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Went as a chaperone for a school field trip for 4th graders. All I can say is, this place is just beautiful and very educational. A lot to look at and a lot to do!

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Shenandoah, NY
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89 reviews 89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I've heard of the Mission all of my life and it was exciting to actually visit here. It is filled with beautiful flowers which attract many hummingbirds and butterflies. There are still some of the legendary sparrows with their interesting nests, but not in the numbers there apparently used to be. Exhibits are informative and adequately explain the history of... More

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It is the 7th of 21 California missions established by the Franciscans. Founded on 1 November 1776 and named for Giovanni Capistrano a 14th century theologian and a "warrior priest" from Italy. The Great Stone Church was constructed between 1797 and 1806. It was a cathedral like building with 120ft tall bell tower. The church was destroyed by an earthquake... More

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United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a truly beautiful mission with lovely gardens and interesting features. Be sure to look for the swallows nests and take in the church which is still used today. A lovely atmosphere pervades this mission and it is very peaceful if you can avoid the tours. Be sure to take in the old area of San Juan across the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I can imagine sitting serenely in contemplation in this lovely mission. However, I don't think that was its historical purpose: Much work went into building the original, and then restoring what we see now. This was to be a place to leave and return, while making disciples for Christ. At each exhibit, a visitor can press a corresponding number on... More

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