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San Juan Capistrano

The mission at San Juan Capistrano is famous for its swallows, but historically it is one of the oldest and largest mission dating back to the mid 1700’s.  A major earthquake in 1812 destroyed much of the facility, and it fell into disuse.  But in the 1900’s restoration was begun, and now it has been restored as a major tourist attraction.

Note that it has been restored as ruins, to reflect as much as possible the way it was after the ‘quake.  It remains as one of the most visited historical sites on the west coast.

We also would like to thank our hosts.  Linda and Rainer were most gracious and we enjoyed their company — and hospitality.

We had to climb over Ortega Pass to get to San Juan Capistrano. Great view back, but a dangerous road!

The grounds are colorful with plants

Inside the monastery

Home of the swallows

Inside the chapel

The bells of the monastery

Some of the columns

Linda, our most gracious host

Inside the quake damaged nave

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