Photograph of a view of the "triple arch and ruined tower" of the stone church at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, ca.1887. The large arched recess appears to serve as a stage or an alter. There are about nine arched recesses in the back wall. Fallen adobe bricks and rocks cover the ground (at right). Tall grass covers the ground at left. Caption reads: "triple arch and ruined tower, San Juan Capistrano Mission, Cal." Picture file card reads: "view of masonry columns in stone church in original state before cemented over; to left, portion of adobe wall erected in 1862 in attempt to rebuild stone church with adobe."; "Mission San Juan Capistrano was the 7th Mission when it was founded by Father Serra in 1776. Mission San Juan Capistrano is famous for its Swallows. A Swallow is a type of bird which lives in 'houses' made of mud on cliffs, under eaves, and other such overhangs. It is said that the Swallows return to their homes at the Mission every year on March 19th." -- unknown author.