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Mission San Juan Capistrano Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Juan Capistrano Paper Model

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 7.4 inches

History of Mission San Juan Capistrano

The seventh mission in California is the only one that was founded twice. The man who founded most of the early missions, Padre Junipero Serra sent Padre Fermin Lasuen and some soldiers to start another mission between San Diego and the missions near Monterrey. In October, 1775, Padre Lasuen went to what is now called San Juan Capistrano and founded a mission there of the same name. With the help of some local Native Americans who were called “Juaneño”, the Spanish began work on a chapel for the mission.

Unfortunately, eight days later, bad news arrived from Mission San Juan Capistrano De Alcalá which was the first mission built in California. The Native Americans there had killed one of the Padres and the Spanish worried that violence could spread to other missions which would cause the entire mission system to fail. Padre Lasuen and the soldiers buried the church bells and left what they had already built in the hopes that they could return and finish the mission. One year later, Padre Junipero Serra arrived at the mission and founded it again in November, 1776. This time the Mission San Juan Capistrano was successfully completed.

The mission was named after San Juan Capistrano (Saint John of Capistrano) was known for his commitment to the Catholic Church. San Juan is sometimes called the “Soldier Saint” because helped lead a crusade against the Ottoman Empire in Hungary at the age of 70.

Once San Juan Capistrano Mission was finally established, it quickly became very successful at growing food and attracting Juaneños to learn about Christianity. The mission was small at first, but quickly expanded when adobe buildings for those living at the mission were added and a small church was built which is often called “Serra Church” in honor of Padre Junipero Serra who believed strongly in the missions. This small church is also the only known location where Padre Serra delivered mass. A much larger and very attractive church was built next to “Serra Church” over the course of nine years, but was unfortunately destroyed in 1812 by an earthquake. Sadly, forty Padres and Juaneños were killed in the collapse. Despite this setback, in 1819, San Juan Capistrano Mission had 31,000 animals including sheep, goats, pigs, horses, mules, and cows. There were also 1361 Juaneño living at the mission.

In 1824, the mission’s luck started to change however. Mexican Governor Echeandia told the Juaneños that they did not have to stay at the mission or listen to the Padres any longer. Governor Echeandia wanted the Juaneños to be fully independent and not rely on the Padres to be successful. The problem was that the Juaneño were not protected by the law and eventually, the land around the mission was later taken from them to sell to others. By 1833, the mission activities like education, baptisms, growing food, and raising animals were over.

A few years later, San Juan Capistrano Mission itself was sold for $710 when it was worth around $54,000. Despite the sale to a private owner, the mission continued to fall into ruin and was mostly ignored for many years. In 1865, the mission was returned to the Catholic Church in the hope that it would help prevent further damage. It was not until 1910 that restoration truly began at San Juan Capistrano Mission. Father John O’Sullivan knew how important the California missions were and started efforts to restore the mission back to its original condition. When the church was repaired, a golden altar that was given to the Archbishop in Los Angeles was given to San Juan Capistrano Mission to display.

If you visit San Juan Capistrano Mission now, you will get to see a large and beautiful mission. The mission is surrounded by paths which lead around the grounds and are also divided by pools and flowers for visitors to enjoy. San Juan Capistrano Mission is also famous for a flock of swallows that have migrated to and from the mission ever since 1777. The swallows can be seen at the mission between March and October. All of these features make San Juan Capistrano Mission one of the most famous and enjoyable missions to visit in California.