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

The Santa Ysabel Mission is on the way to Julian if you take the 79. It is small and quiet but worth the stop. It was built it 1818, and the simple design of the church is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Rachelle W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The Santa Ysabel Mission is on the way to Julian if you take the 79. It is small and quiet but worth the stop. It was built it 1818, and the simple design of the church is preserved though there might be renovations through the years. On the side of the church, there's a small museum (one room only), documenting... More 

1 Thank Rachelle W
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Santa Ysabel (St. Isabel) is an 'asistencia'' of Mission San Diego,de Alcala, (first mission of Alta California, founded 1769). Temporary building erected in 1818, permanent chapel by 1822. Due to its remoteness, not visited often after the 1830s, and toward the end of this decade the church roof had collapsed and Mass was being infrequently celebrated in a 'Ramada' (open... More 

Thank etweeden
Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The chapel here is a must see, beautiful gardens and historic landmarks. The area is so very peaceful and scenic.

Thank Lia A
Banning, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Although this is not recognized as one of the 21 California Missions it was established to be another addition in 1818. This mission has lost its bells. Still operates as a church, small but nice. Worth finding, near San Diego.

Thank Perkadventures
Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

On Hwy. 79 a little west of the town, the mission grounds include the church, the small museum, gift shop, cemetery, orchard, and the floored of the first chapel. Visitors may walk the grounds. The peaceful setting is ideal for reflective thinking of a personal nature or on topics such as the theft of church bells. Several bird species may... More 

1 Thank Edge W
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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.

1 Thank MBbrandt
Imperial Beach, California
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

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.....

Thank CarmichaelVentura
Los Angeles, California
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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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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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