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During its simple beginnings, this was home Native Americans called the Acjachemen tribe who the Spanish, called Juaneños. When Father Serra was establishing the missions around 1776, he named this mission here after the Franciscan saint Giovanni da Capistrano (1386-1456). A huge stone church was built that was 180 feet long, five stories high at the sanctuary and was topped with seven stone domes and a bell tower. A tribute to their faith. Sadly in 1812 an earthquake struck destroying it and killing 40 faithful followers. They church was never reconstructed. Another was built in 1788 and is still in service. Not as grand, but just as beautiful.
Because of the missions, communities started to spring up around them. Around 1821 the Spanish had to reliquenish control over to the Mexican government which privitised them and they were bought and sold. It was a dark time for the missions since they were either went into decay or stripped to build other homes in the area. Lucky for this mission, was bought by Don Juan Forster who lived in the mission and kept his trade goods stored in the Serra Chapel, so it faired better than the other missions. With the help of Msgr. St. John O'Sullivan, the California missions found a champion who was able to save some of the structures and kept the spirit alive and how important these structures were to our history.
The Los Rios District is one of the oldest communities that started when the mission was being established around 1794 and many of these adobe structures are still being lived in.
- Pros:Lots of wonderful history~
- Cons:Traffic is terrible!!!!
- In a nutshell:Visit during the off season or you'll be stuck in traffic~~~
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