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Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano
Paul Gavin, Ink & watercolor, 1992

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Swallows and Tradition

Paul Gavin Fine Art Traditionally, each year on St. Joseph's Day, March 19th, the swallows return to Mission San Juan Capistrano, Father Junipero Serra's "Jewel of the Missions," founded in 1776.

Since the 1930s, the world has celebrated the Return of the Swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. This picture, created for the 1992 event, features the famous Mission bells, the beautiful rose garden, and the ruins of the Old Mission Church throughout which are flying numerous cliff swallows — the ones without the split tails.

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Swallows Day 2011

San Juan Capistrano is a charming and scenic town about 50 miles south of Los Angeles with many hidden treasures that Paul has found and painted. Be sure to see Kimberleigh's many beautiful designs for the city's Swallows Day events in honor of the return of the swallows.

The Spirit of San Juan

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