Thanks to my cousin who showed me the Mission.
In my stays in San Clemente, I was blessed to be shown around the other beach towns from family. One spot that I always try to go to to this day is San Juan Capistrano.
Over the years it has changed, but one thing that hasn’t is the Mission and its properties. It’s great because you can pay a small fee and tour the old mission and see how St. Junipero Serra founded this mission. Not only did he find the San Juan Capistrano mission, but also eight other missions throughout California.
The property is gorgeous and once you are within the walls that surround the mission, it feels like you are taken back in time. It is filled with beautiful gardens and sounds of nature.
Outside of the Mission, are eateries and shopping. Strolling about, gives me that sense of Rome.
This is a statue of Junipero Serra in front of the basilica.
This is a niche with Saint Juan Diego.
Outside, back of basilica, are the ruins of the original mission.
To think this is where the main altar was. You can see it probably included small statues within its wall.
Mass is still celebrated in this chapel. I’m guessing it holds about 50??
The look and feel of this mission is just peaceful. When walking through the gardens, you get the coastal air. I could sit there for hours. There is also a gift shop that carries many beautiful handmade religious items.
San Juan Cap is definitely where I like to go each time I get to Orange County.
Here is more information on the Mission and Basilica.