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Woman with pigeons, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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An unidentified woman poses with pigeons; she has the birds on her head, shoulders and hands. Pigeons are a tradition in connection with Mission San Juan Capistrano; for generations people have sat on the cement seat shown in the background, and have fed the birds that have gathered in clusters. Padre Junipero Serra founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the "Jewel of the Missions", as it is sometimes referred to, on November 1, 1776; it is the seventh of 21 Spanish Missions established in California by Franciscan Padres. Among some areas of interest within the Mission walls are: the early adobe barracks, Friars' quarters, cemetery, beautiful gardens, and the original Stone Church. The Great Stone Church began construction in 1796, was completed in 1806, and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1812. The Mission was secularized in 1833, sold in 1845, and was returned to the Church in 1865. May 5, 1937.
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Works Progress Administration Collection
WPA 734 4x5
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Spanish mission buildings--California--San Juan Capistrano
Church buildings--California--San Juan Capistrano
Pigeons--California--San Juan Capistrano
Women--California--San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)
Works Progress Administration Collection photographs

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