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Mission Santa Clara de Asis

The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
408 554 4023
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Ranked #2 of 17 attractions in Santa Clara
Type: Gardens, Missions
Traveler Description: Mission Santa Clara de Asís was founded on Jan. 12, 1777, by the Franciscans and was named for Saint Clare of Assisi. It was the eighth mission... more »
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Instituted in 1777, it is the eighth oldest of the original 21 California missions. We visited it and it is a beautiful mission. The mission is located on the Santa Clara University, a Jesuit school. It is used for student services, but mass and other church events are also open to the public.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Definitely a church that you would want to see if you are visiting the California Mission s or Santa Clara. This mission church has been a favorite of mine since I had grown up in Santa Clara. Since it sits on the Santa Clara university campus the outdoor gardens are beautiful too,

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Jackson, California, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Santa Clara mission is unique. It's on the grounds of Santa Clara University, is one of the few named for a woman, the church is in its 7th iteration (moved several times and burned down in the 1920s) and is a peaceful place in the middle of the hustle-and-bustle of the heat of the tech universe. Martín and I visited... More

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Los Angeles
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30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Although it is built on the site of the original mission, there is little to evoke the mission days. Reconstructed to accommodate a larger audience, it is really just another nice college church. The Santa Clara campus is lovely.

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Santa Clara
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is a beautiful campus and a great walk I've always enjoyed. The mission church is a special trip back in history in the middle of the campus.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My favorite Mission is the Santa Clara. Even though some are clearly more bonita and in quieter locations I get to go this one since its so close. Plus the Santa Clara University is a neat little campus to walk around and free parking.

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Beautifully restored church is used as a parish and is located on the campus of the University of Santa Clara. It is maintained in wonderful condition and the artwork inside the church is remarkable for beauty and history. Surrounding gardens are also lovely.

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Southern California
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I can't add much to the other reviews. The chapel was beautiful and the Musuem de Saisset next door was free and had very interesting history displays in their basement. The top two levels of the Musuem have rotating art exhibits. This Mission is the only CA Mission to be maintained/restored by a private University (a Jesuit University) which gives... More

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Wasilla, AK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I was recently married in this strikingly beautiful church. The artwork and detail inside will take some time to truly look at and appreciate. The reception in the adjacent rose garden is a great example of incorporating landscape design into the architecture plan.

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you are travelling down the El Camino near San Jose or are interested in California history, especially missions, stop in to walk around and look. Check out the de Saisset Museum while you are there, it's right across the street.

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