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Santa Ysabel Mission

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Address: State Route 79, Santa Ysabel, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: 760 765 0810

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Simple and sweet mission

This is a very small, simple and serene mission with a great museum on the same grounds. We were in love with the stain glass and the simplicity of how people used to live... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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44 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a very small, simple and serene mission with a great museum on the same grounds. We were in love with the stain glass and the simplicity of how people used to live. There is a very interesting cemetery to visit and a gift shop. Great stop for a quick break.

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Imperial Beach, California
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went hiking at the Santa Ysabel preserve and was told there was a mission nearby. I had to check it out. This is a small sub-mission. It's not one of the main missions along El Camino Real. It's very small and quaint, but very peaceful and serene. There's a small museum, a shrine to Mary outside and a gift shop... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is one of the California missions? Really?!? I don't believe it; it looks nothing like the others and is not on El Camino Real. The Catholic Church operates some churches as "mission churches," which I think means they are not self-sustaining.....

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Los Angeles, California
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13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Blink and you'll miss the sign leading to this tiny mission, which seems more like a normal church than an actual mission to me. But it's lovely, nonetheless, with some rather amazing artwork. Don't miss the little one-room "museum".

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Los Angeles, California
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50 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

In our quest to visit all the missions, we spotted this one while traveling thru Santa Ysabel so made a quick stop on a Sunday. Services were just ending. The church has beautiful stained glass windows that the sun was streaming through. A small mission, but certainly a lovely one.

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

While the mission asistencia (Junior mission) is quite small with few historic outbuildings or displays, it really conjures up the look and setting of the missions in rural California in the early 19th century. A lovely spot on a beautiful drive if heading from the north to Julian. Also visit Pala mission asistencia further north which still has an active... More 

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Santa Ysabel Mission is a working church, with Saturday evening services as well as Sunday services. This is a "mini" mission, built for this outlying area of San Diego, on the edge of the Santa Ysabel Reservation. It is stark and basic in design, both inside and out, and a careful visit to the cemetery will give you an overall... More 

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

A small mission that still serves the community, it is rich in history. The main sanctuary features beautiful woodworking and stained glass windows marking the stations of the cross. There is a small museum on the property which details the long history of the church and the sad story of how the bells went missing.

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Julian
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The mission still serves mostly the Native American population on two adjoining Reservations and has a tiny bur informative museum attached. Browse the grave stones for some old names in the area, chat with the Padre if he is around, and take a picture of one of the best little missions in California, I think anyway..

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Ancient musem, vey authentic We visited a while back but still remember it fondly. It was an excellent review of local history and a step back into mission times. The displays were life like and original . The church seems like a holy portal into simpler times.

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