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Last asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

Brief history of the San Juan Capistrano Mission?

HI.! I've seen some beautiful pictures and heard wonders about this Mission. But I was wondering about its history...can anyone tell me a brief history about it or give me a link with a brief history?!

Thank you everyone.!!

P.S...please...something brief...yet informative.!!

Thanks again :)

3 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano was founded on November 1, 1776 by Father Junipero Serra, the seventh mission in the California mission chain. It was named for St. John of Capistrano, Italy, a theologian. Actually, the mission was founded twice; originally it was founded by Father Lasuen on October 30, 1775, but eight days after the founding the Mission San Diego de Alcala came under attack. The padres, soldiers and others returned to San Diego, and Padre Lasuen buried the San Juan Capistrano mission bells. Father Serra returned to uncover the bells and once again began the mission at San Juan Capistrano.

    In 1797, work began on what was to become the largest church in the California mission chain. It was finished in 1806. In December of 1812, an earthquake hit the area and destroyed most of the church, killing 40 Native Americans.

    In 1845 the mission was sold to Governor Pio Pico's brother-in-law for $710,000. The Mission San Juan Capistrano was not kept up during the years following secularization. By 1866, the mission was rotting and near ruin. Several attempts were made to restore the mission, but it was not until 1910 when Father John O'Sullivan came to the mission that it was completely restored and rebuilt. In 1918, Father O'Sullivan was given permission to make the mission into an active church once again.

    Today, the mission is an active parish that continues to serve the people of the city of San Juan Capistrano, California. The mission and the grounds have been completely restored, with a complete quadrangle, although the church has been preserved in ruins as a memorial to the victims of the earthquake. In some of the rooms at the mission are museums and displays from the mission period. Visitors are welcomed. The restoration and care given to Mission San Juan Capistrano has helped it to be known as "Jewel of the Missions". Pope John Paul II designated the mission as a minor basilica on February 14, 2000.

  • overby
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    An Indian attack which had killed between the padres at San Diego led to the founding of challenge San Juan Capistrano to be in the back of schedule an complete 365 days, until eventually November a million, 1776. the subsequent 365 days a lengthy slender adobe church changed into complete. In 1791 a bell tower changed into executed, and the heavy bells, which were putting from a tree all those years, were put in.

  • 9 years ago

    "The story begins in 1775, when Mission San Juan Capistrano was first founded by Father Lasuen, on October 19th. But just a few weeks after the party of padres and soldiers arrived, they received word of the revolt occurring in San Diego. The founding padres, and soldiers decided to leave San Juan Capistrano, and go back to San Diego to help there. Once things had settled in San Diego, Father Serra personally led a party to re-found Mission San Juan Capistrano on All Saint’s Day, November 1, 1776. ..."

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