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Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4713
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Description: Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...
Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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This Mission shows the skills that was built with the cooperation of the local Indians and the Padres of the time. It was exquisitely repaired after a couple of natural disasters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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La Quinta, California
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Enjoy the outside, but the inside isn't really worth paying for. The 'tour' is short and uninteresting. Read about it in a guide book while admiring the outside architecture

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This Mission shows the skills that was built with the cooperation of the local Indians and the Padres of the time. It was exquisitely repaired after a couple of natural disasters over the years. It demonstrates the lives lived with artifacts displayed in every room. The chapel is the piece de resistance. Primitive and gorgeous! It's worth the fee (upkeep)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Mission Santa Barbara is a wonderful part of California history and a truly unique experience. It is appropriate for architecture or history buffs as well as those of the Catholic faith. You learn of the original California settlements through examples of farming, gardens and the role of the church in the community. If you can only visit one mission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's a must to experience California history by visiting the missions. Old Mission Santa Barbara does not disappoint. The self-guided tour is let's you go at your own pace.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Lovely old mission and a very interesting part of history. Make sure you check out the stations of the cross from the parking lot.

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Clifton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We visited the Old Mission on a trolley tour of Santa Barbara. We found the mission beautiful and charming. Great gift shop and history of the Old Mission is fantastic!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Have been taking our visitors here for decades. It gets better every time. Very peaceful and serene! Beautifully maintained grounds and the rose garden is amazing. I have often gone to sit in the rose garden alone on a lunch break and have just gone to enjoy meeting a girlfriend there. Love the different events that take place there for... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on a short trip through Santa Barbara. We did not go inside, but the grounds were lovely. Such a beautiful building and an easy stop to make. There is even a park and rose garden where you could stop and, well, smell the roses!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly informative and enjoyable, and pleasant as well. You will enjoy this whether you are into art, history or gardening. If you are in Santa Barbara you should not miss this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Old Mission Santa Barbara is a cool historic monastery that's been around since the late 1800s. The building has been remodeled, since it was destroyed by an earthquake, so parts of it look new, however a good bit of it is still original walls. The plaza where it's located is gorgeous and scenic, a good place for some awesome... More 

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