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MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (3 photos)
by Andre Salvador Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C:  W: 81 N: 1094] (5713)

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Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded on All Saints Day November 1, 1776 by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. Named for a 15th century theologian and "warrior priest" who resided in the Abruzzo region of Italy, 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" it is the only extant structure wherein it has been documented that the padre officiated over mass.

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