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Old Mission Santa Ines

1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93464
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Solvang
Type: Missions
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The mission is to the rear of the Solvang central car park. It is quite charming. How admirable that the US have restored and maintained this last vestige of Spanish and Mexican rule. The architectural style is very eye-catching. The museum and tour are worth the effort if you have time. The garden and aspect are pretty and very photogenic.

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San Francisco, California
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18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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Angelus Oaks, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Park in the parking lot behind the bakery and walk through the arch that takes you to the gardens of the mission. the Mission is great and the tour of restored rooms worth the small price. Then wander through the gardens...stop by a fountain or on a bench under a arbor and rest and feel history all around you.

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Ramona, California, United States
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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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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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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
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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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