Trip Planner: USA / California / Orange County / San Juan Capistrano / Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano is a former Spanish mission founded in 1776 in colonial Las Californias by Spanish Catholic missionaries of the Franciscan Order. Named for Saint John of Capistrano, the Spanish Colonial Baroque style church was located in the Alta California province of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Today, it is located at 26801 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, California. The Mission was secularized by the Mexican government in 1833, and returned to the Roman Catholic Church by the American government in 1865. The mission was damaged over the years by a number of natural disasters, but restoration and renovation efforts date from around 1910.A visit to Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano represents just the start of the adventure when you use our San Juan Capistrano travel route planner to plot your vacation.
Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano Reviews
We did not have time to visit the mission, the man in the giftshop in town recommended popping into this charming church to admire the gold decoration. There is no sign for the way in, the large... more »
St. John O'Sullivan was in charge of this mission in 1910, and he was the one to build it. The church is just a jewel in the middle of the mission. I love the grand golden retablo, it is very similar.... more »
No matter what your faith or even if you are non denominational this mission is truly a natural and man made wonder. Having being born in Italy and having seen so many churches, religious architecture,monasteries, convents, I must say I was impressed with all its art, natural art, and man made wonders from so long ago. It was peaceful and tranquil. I enjoyed it very much and would go back many times if I lived closer.
A living museum and place for reflection. Anyone can visit and walk the grounds, no religious background is needed for the history lesson contained on the grounds. Artwork and architecture are on display to study and appreciate. You can see inside the rooms and feel the history that surrounds you. A worthwhile stop if in the area.
Plan your trip to San Juan Capistrano
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in San Juan Capistrano
Side trips from San Juan Capistrano
Hidden gems in San Juan Capistrano
Nearby attractions in San Juan Capistrano
Museums in San Juan Capistrano
Parks in San Juan Capistrano
Plans to Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano by other users
29 days in Long Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Oceanside BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in San Juan Capistrano BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Chicago & San Juan Capistrano BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Irvine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Laguna Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium