The Royal Tour
Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776, the seventh of 21 California missions built by Spain to colonize and baptize the natives here.
The Great Stone Church, part of the original Mission complex, was destroyed in an 1812 earthquake.
Unlike many other missions, much of Mission San Juan Capistrano is original, like the bells.
For many, the highlight is the grounds. Fountains overrun with moss, native plants, and gardens with vegetables exist as they might have in the 1800s.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is perhaps best known for its swallows. Thousands nest here in the summer months after a long migration.
Click on the link below to read more about the history of Mission San Juan Capistrano, how to visit, and St. Joseph's Day, the holiday honoring the annual return of the swallows.