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Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara, CA
Mission Santa Barbara is a Spanish mission in Santa Barbara, California. Often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Missions,’ it was founded by Padre … See more



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Jan 1, 2023
I'm not sure it's quite worth the fifteen dollars admittance but it is interesting to visit and learn about the mission's work and its position in the history of California. The gardens are particula… Full review by Johnnie_Tee
Dec 29, 2022
This was one of the seven missions the Spanish Franciscans fathers established (to convert the Native Americans to Catholicism) up the coast on the Kings highway. Nothing special here as we had alre… Full review by Tommy599
Dec 19, 2022
Walked around the stations of the cross completely unimpressed and it only improved when we paid the entrance to see the exhibits inside and the courtyard, etc. We have been to nearly all of the mis… Full review by Anonymous855


The 'Crown Jewel' of the California Missions
Renowned as the ‘crown jewel’ of the California Missions, this site has been painstakingly preserved. Mission Santa Barbara, or Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in the vicinity of present-day Santa Barbara, California. The grounds of the current mission are located on the crest between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. The mission was consecrated by founding father Padre FerminLasuen on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the local Chumash—Barbareno tribe of Native American people residing in the area. The sole mission to have remained under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars right since its establishment, Mission Santa Barbara is, today, a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Legend has it that Saint Barbara was a girl who was beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith. The early missionaries built three different chapels during the first few years but it was only in reparation of the damage caused by the destructive Santa Barbara Earthquake in 1812 that the current construction was established, dedicated in 1820. The interiors of the church have remained more or less the same ever since. The colonial art collection housed here is mostly from the baroque or neoclassical eras, a culturally rich and varied assortment of artefacts. Most of the pieces were imported from Mexico and South America, some notable exceptions including the three stone statues in the museum depicting Saint Barbara, along with the virtues of faith and charitycarved by a mission Indian in 3D images. Interestingly, these remain the only existing large sculptures done by indigenous California Indians. Mission Santa Barbara is rightfully called the ‘Crown Jewel’ of California for its history and architecture. Though a church, the Mission Santa Barbara ticket price has to be paid to enter the premises. Tickets for Mission Santa Barbara can be bought on spot or are even available online. When you are about to buy tickets for Mission Santa Barbara club them together with Mission Santa Barbara tickets for tours so you get the most of your money.

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