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Santa Ysabel Mission

State Route 79, Santa Ysabel, Julian, CA 92036
760 765 0810
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Elgin, Illinois USA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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88 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

I've been on a quest to visit everything in California related to the Missions. Asistencia Santa Ysabel (pronounced Isabel) was founded in 1818 as an outpost to Mission San Diego, the first Mission in California. It is not large and historic ruins are few, but this little church in the middle of no-where is usually very peaceful and historic. A... More

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Oak View, California
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13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Wow, history abounds in this area. Originally founded in the early 1800's as an Assistencia to the Mission in San Diego. We missed being their when the Mission Museum and Gift Store were open. Next time. Educational and enjoyable to walk the grounds and visit the Cemetery.

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Congress, Arizona
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Although it is believed that the first mass was celebrated in this place in 1818, a permanent church was not actually built until 1822 after a thriving community was established with “many houses, a cemetery, granary, vineyards, animal stock, and an orchard.” By 1846, the chapel and the mud houses had begun to disintegrate. Two bells, bought by the Indians... More

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Tujunga, CA
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

This is one of the missions (sub-mission, or asistencia) that is a lonely, if peaceful, stop on the highway to Julian or Anza-Borrego State Park. There is a lovely small chapel, a dusty graveyard and a tiny museum. The picture I posted here shows an old oval photograph taken of the graveyard at night, with luminarias glowing on the ground.... More

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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

This sub-mission of the CA missions has a large cemetery, the church and a small museum. It's interesting enough.

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