Santa Barbara mission, CaliforniaSanta Barbara mission, California

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An interesting visit of an ancient building, driving you into the time when California was Spanish. A beautiful outline of the colonial and religious architecture.

My experience, Explo description: 

Prior to the Spanish arrival, the Chumash inhabited the area from Malibu to San Luis Obispo. Chumash leaders such as Chief Yanonali became Christians, leading many villagers to join them.
Then, a mission was established on the Feast of Santa Barbara, Dec 4, 1786 by Padre Junipero Serra. The Santa Barbara mission was the 10th mission founded in California by Spanish Franciscans.
The original buildings were simple and unpretentious. As the years passed, there was progress and development. There were three adobe churches here, each larger than the other, before the present church. The third one was destroyed by earthquake in 1812.
The Franciscans introduced agriculture to the Indians. The principal products of the field were wheat, barley, corn, beans, and peas. Orange and olive trees were planted and vines were cultivated.
In 1865 the Mission was returned to the Catholic Church by Abraham Lincoln (California having become part of the U.S. in 1848).
Nowadays, the mission is still in use as a church, but you can visit it.

Tours for groups are arranged by appointment.

My personal recommendations: 

Go to see then the vestiges of the dam of the mission, built in the time by the missionaries to feed culture and the city (by which the population did not stop increasing) in water. The dam is situated in the botanical garden of Santa Barbara, 2 miles (N), what is the occasion of a pleasant stroll.

How getting there: 

The mission is about 100 miles from LA. Take US405 North to US101 West. Remain on US101 into Santa Barbara. Exit on Mission Street, turn to the North (right) Continue up Mission Street until it ends at Laguna St. (about 1 mile). Turn left on Laguna. The Mission is straight ahead 2 blocks.

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Many facilities in Santa Barbara...

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Open hours: 

Self-guided tours daily 9am-5pm.

Entry fees: 

The tours are $4.00 for adults and begin in the gift shop.


Santa Barbara Mission
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105