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California Missions. Mrs. Burns Room 803. Map Page. Table of Contents. Introduction The Mission Today History of the Mission Mission Life Closing Bibliography / Web Sites. Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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California missions

California Missions

Mrs. Burns

Room 803

Table of contents
Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • The Mission Today

  • History of the Mission

  • Mission Life

  • Closing

  • Bibliography / Web Sites

Mission san juan capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano

  • San Juan Capistrano is best known for its week-long celebration of the return of the swallows.

  • The swallows return every year around March 19 to build their nests against the arches of the ruins.

The mission today
The Mission Today

  • Most of the land is now Orange County.

  • The roof was composed of seven masonry domes.

  • A Moorish fountain is in the plaza garden.

  • A statue of Father Serra and a native youth stands near the Mission entrance.

Mission today continued
Mission Today -Continued

  • The church was known as the Great Stone Church. It was made with yellow sandstone that was dug up six miles away, and held together with limestone mortar.

  • The Great Stone Church had a bell tower that was 120 feet tall with a rooster weathervane on top. There were 4 bells, 2 large and 2 small.

  • The compound had living quarters, storage buildings, workshops, barracks, a jail, and more. It surrounds a patio.

History of the mission
History of the Mission

  • Father Junipero Serra established the mission on November 1, 1776.

  • It is the 7th of 21 missions.

  • The mission is located 70 miles north of San Diego.

  • The mission is named in honor of St. John of Capistrano, who was a religious scholar.

  • San Juan Capistrano is also known as “The Jewel of the Missions.”

History of the mission continued
History of the Mission - Continued

  • In December 1812 an earthquake destroyed the church.

  • The mission was secularized in 1833.

  • In 1865 the mission was returned to the church.

Mission life
Mission Life

  • San Juan Capistrano was a prosperous mission with fields of grain, vegetables and fruit.

  • The sale of cattle hides to New England shoe factories brought much of the Mission’s wealth.


  • My favorite part of this report was finding out about the swallows that return every year.

  • I learned a lot about how the mission was built and what makes it so beautiful to tourist.

  • I’m looking forward to visiting the Mission on our field trip.

Web sites
Web Sites

  • Http://www.bgmm.Com/missions/index.htm



Works cited
Works Cited

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