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

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A serene place for reflection (and some birding)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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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.

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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 

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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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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 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.....

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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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Elgin, Illinois USA
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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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