San Juan Capistrano Historic Images
This gallery shows how the mission looked over the years, with historic illustrations and paintings, and contemporary photographs.
Between 1797 and 1806 San Juan Capistrano built a cathedral-sized church with a 120’ bell tower. A massive earthquake destroyed this “Great Stone Church” in 1812. San Juan Capistrano is one of the most picturesque of the California missions, with captivating ruins, a courtyard in the front and back and extensive displays. The mission holds special events throughout the year.
First Baptism in Alta California
By A.B. Dodge, colorized by Pentacle Press.
Interior of Serra Chapel
San Juan Capistrano Complex
Circa 1806 by Behre
San Juan Capistrano Bell Wall