History & Preservation

Mission San Juan Capistrano is a California landmark and cultural icon as well as a destination for travelers, the faithful and school children from all over California and the world at large.  Known as the home for its world famous swallows, the Mission was founded in faith and continues today to serve as a reminder of the past, a destination for learning, and a place where life-long memories are made.

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded as the 7th of 9 missions established by Father Serra on November 1, 1776.  It would become, ultimately one of 21 California missions to be built. Learn more about the history of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Mission San Juan Capistrano as we know it today would not be here without the long time support and preservation of the site.  Preservation remains top priority at the Mission today.  Preservation is as much about building and historical artifacts as it is about sharing information about the site, or interpreting the site, so that those who visit leave with a deeper appreciation for significant points in California history. Learn more current preservation efforts.