Mission San Juan Capistrano sits atop 10 acres of lush gardens and cool fountains, cloistered by old adobe walls. A few feet behind this lovely wall is the Serra Chapel where a historic retablo is installed.
San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782. Known alternately as “Serra’s Chapel” and “Father Serra’s Church,” it is the only extant structure where it has been documented that the padre Junipero Serra celebrated mass. One of the best known of the Alta California missions (and one of the few missions to have actually been founded twice—others being Mission San Gabriel Arcángel and Mission La Purísima Concepción).
San Juan Capistrano, Southern Calif., USA
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