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Mission Santa Barbara

2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, History Museums, Religious Sites, Gardens, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: Families with children and people who like to live history should not miss the Santa Barbara Mission. Considered the "crown jewel" of the California... more »
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Mesa, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Ventura but we wanted to go to Santa Barbara to see this Mission. It was amazing to see this living history. The grounds were beautiful! We had a great time going threw the tour. When we were in the chapel it was amazing, the paintings and the statues. They have done such a great job keeping this... More

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Calgary, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We got there after 5:00 closing so could only walk around the front. Still lovely and great views. Hopefully we get back there one day and take the tour!

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A wonderful mission with a great review of Santa Barbara history. Of note, the Chumash tribe in the area that the church paid to build the mission.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed spending the afternoon taking the self guided tour and learning about the history of both the Mission and Santa Barbara. Very pretty grounds.

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Sonoma, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful missions in California, and exceptionally well-maintained. It is beautiful inside and out, wih a serenity and dignity that transports you back to the early days of California while steeping you in the traditions that gave California its Spanish flavor.

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Northern California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a great mission in an easy to get to location. It was right off of State St so it was easy to incorporate a history lesson with a fun day of beach activities and shopping! Worth a visit!

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There are many missions on this coast but we chose this one as it is still a working church in the community and although partly rebuilt it's fairly complete so gave a good idea of what it was like originally. Threes a fair bit to see here and a a video to watch.

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Phelan, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Really beautiful mission, full of magnificent artwork and statuary. I'm Catholic but you don't have to be to appreciate the work and contributions of bl. Junipero Serra. Nice self guided tour not to be missed.

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West Hartford, CT
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Though I can't help but think about the imperialist attitude of any mission, this was a beautiful place to visit -- at least asa historic site. The church itself is quite beautiful and has some powerful statues.

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Simi Valley, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Mission Santa Barbara is the 10th Mission out of 21 and was built back 1786. The grounds and building are fantastic. On a clear day you can see the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The Rose garden across the street is always in bloom. Worth visiting and experiencing the CA history.

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