Spanish History in Orange County
I recall this church from my elementary school days when I had to do a 3-D project on it. Back then, it didn't matter to me much and I just wanted to get my good grade and be done with it. It wasn't until I visited the site myself when I was older that I fully appreciated it. It is one of the oldest settlements in Orange County and boasts so much historical significance for the area. I went there for a few hours to visit the ruins and gain a better understanding of how things were back in the 18th century. You will find a pavilion of ruins on one end, but fully functional buildings on the other end. It has a museum, small chapel, and educational programs for children and adults alike. It is the 7th mission out of the 21 missions in California. I have only seen five, but in my opinion, this one is the most beautiful and has the most to offer in terms of interactive fun, architecture, educational programs, and guided tours.
By Nyssa C., AFAR Local Expert
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26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
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