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28742 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California, 92675, United States
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Travel Tips for San Juan Capistrano

Photographers & Artists Welcome Within Boundaries

by cnango

All around the Mission grounds it is common to see artists painting the beautiful architecture, fountains and gardens. Also some professional photographers like to use the Mission grounds for location shots after weddings or for family pictures. It is important to know that the Mission San Juan Capsitrano reserves all rights to images of the Mission and it's grounds. So if paintings or photos are going to be published, printed on t-shirts or in any other way sold commercially you will have to permission and pay a fee.For people who just want to take pictures for your own person use,like for personal photo albums, non commercial paintings, or here in free VT pages ; ) etc. No worries!

Many painters and photographers pay the $25 annual fee for a Preservation Membership. With this membership one can visit free all year, get discounts and special rates on Mission Events. This is also good thing to do because ALL PROCEEDS go to the Mission Preservation Projects & Educational Programs. As do any fees you pay when you do any pre-approved commercial venture.

The Great Stone Church

by 807Wheaton

This church was begun in 1797. It took nine years to build this church. On the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1812 a massive earthquake struck during morning mass. The Domes caved in and the walls crumbed, killing 42 Indian worshipers. The church was never rebuilt.
These ruins became known as the American Acropolis.
A major restoration was completed in 2004 by the Mission Preservation Foundation. The niches inside the church are made of brick and each held the statue of a saint. There is a section of the sanctuary floor that is visible in the Northwest corner. Here you can see that originally the floor was covered with diamond shaped brick tile. The bells that hung in the church tower are displayed in the ruins of the tower's walls.

The Seventh Mission

by TinKan

San Juan Capistrano is the seventh mission of twenty-one missions going up the coast of California.
San Juan Capistrano is located about 70 miles south of Los Angeles just off the I-5 freeway.

San Juan Capistrano is famous for the Swallows that return here to nest each year around the same time. I came here way back when I was a child and I found that the mission had not changed much in the 25+ years.

Stroll the Grounds

by zrim

Lots of flowers. Shade trees. Pleasant brick and stone walkways. The mission is the perfect place to wander aimlessly and lose oneself in contemplation.

One caveat, if you enjoy the solitude arrive early. I found that the school groups and tour groups started pulling in about 9:30 a.m. The grounds open at 8:30 a.m. which allows for an hour of peace before the clamor and bustle of the crowds.

A Jewel of a Mission

by Goner

The San Juan Capistrano Mission is called the "Jewel of the Missions" and rightly so. The swallows (birds for those who aren't familiar) have taken a liking to this sprawling mission and return there on March 19th every year to nest, have their young and kick back for the summer until it's tiime to leave on October 23rd to parts unknown. Their arrival sparks a fiesta and thousands of visitors come to see the swallows take residence in the Old Stone Church.

This mission was established by Junipero Serra, a Franciscan monk, who took the local indians under his wing. The Mission houses a museum that follows the history of the mission with rooms decorated as they were during the different time periods in the misson's history.

This Mission is located off the Ortega Hwy exit from the 5 Freeway, Admission $6 for adults. This Mission is captivating, with it's history and wild and beautiful gardens that are picture perfect.


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