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It was the seventh mission built in California. Mission San Juan Capistrano is full of flowers and fountains. Mission San Juan Capistrano has six bells. Four of the original mission bells are still rang today, everyday. Two of the six original bells are on display. The two bells that are on display were in the bell tower of The Great Stone Church. The Great Stone church made out of stone with seven humoungous domes. It took nine years to build. The master stonemason died six years into the project. It was supposed to have six domes. Without the boss, the workers’ calculations weren’t correct, so they added a seventh dome. In the middle of a mass, there was a massive earthquake in 1812 that destroyed the whole church. Only one dome is still standing today. Forty people died that day. They are buried in the cemetary at the mission.
It was founded twice due to an Indian attack at a nearby mission. They buried the four bells to protect them. In 1776, Father Junipero Serra went back a year later and found that the bells were still safe. They hung the bells from a tree and the mission was reopened.
The coolest things I saw there were the Sacred Garden, the kitchen for the Fathers, the bedroom for the Fathers, and the soldiers’ barracks and guns.