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Old Mission Santa Ines

1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93464
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Ranked #4 of 12 attractions in Solvang
Type: Missions
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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

That summer I visited several California missions. As a native to California, I have often been enamored by its history. The California Mission network has always held a particular curiosity for me. Santa Ines is small, with a small souvenir shop. The church itself is unremarkable except for some excellent stain glass and a cemetery out back. There is some... More

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Ramona, California, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Could not go inside the mission unless you paid for a tour... which would have been too expensive for our family group, even though for a good cause: that which helps maintain the Mission. My daughter-in-law is Catholic and she was under the wrong impression she would be able to go inside to pray, so she was a little disappointed..

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The exhibitions are informative and there is a quiet garden area to the rear of the mission for quiet reflective moments.

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Kingman, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The old mission is still in use, and has several out buildings that are used by the church. The grounds are attractive and well kept. There is some interesting history here. There is a Church operated gift store on the site. Nothing special, but if you're on a Mission Tour, you don't want to miss this one.

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San Marcos
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I have been traveling the mission trail for sometime, and was a little disappointed with this one. I am grateful for the preservation that has bee was done, but SO much is missing! The cemetery has very few headstones left and they had left over ropes tied to cross, and rubbish in the corners. There is only one statue behind... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I am not religious but I enjoy visiting this mission. The views are beautiful and I love the area outside with stations about the resurrection..beautiful benches to sit enjoy the breeze and views! It is very relaxing...been many times and will continue to visit on my many trips to Santa Ynez.

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Ladera Ranch, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I loved the 14 stations of Jesus' walk to His resurrection and the breathtaking views. We are not Catholic, but as Christians, appreciated the history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My wife and I visited this mission on a Tuesday morning and the chapel was closed for a ceremony so we didn't get to see that. We did tour the grounds, which are very pleasant, and the indoor museum exhibits. This mission isn't as grand as some others (like the one in nearby Santa Barbara), but if you're in Solvang... More

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Carlsbad, California
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104 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It was the 19th of the 21 California Missions established by the Franciscans. Founded on 17 September 1804, it was named in honor of Saint Agnes. The mission is administered by the Capuchin Franciscan Order. The mission is an active parish serving over 1,200 families performing baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals. The public functions are also performed such as the... More

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Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
42 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Wonderful site. $5 entrance fee. Nice self guided tour, best tour among other California missions. Superb garden!

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