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Mission San Buenaventura

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Address: 225 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: 805 643 4318
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Interesting but limited.

This is a small peaceful mission. It is entered through a gift shop on Main Street (there is a small admission fee of $2) and there is a small somewhat uninteresting museum... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Ventura, California
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Ventura, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is a small peaceful mission. It is entered through a gift shop on Main Street (there is a small admission fee of $2) and there is a small somewhat uninteresting museum. When you exit the museum you are in a very nice garden that has been recently relandscaped with a very nice fountain. The chapel is quite beautiful and... More 

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Wamuran, Queensland, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An interesting old building and a quiet place to sit in the courtyard and reflect. The information desk was helpful with questions I had and the gift shop was full of religious gifts.

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San Jose, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

this mission is right on the main strip of downtown Ventura. There are so many shops and restaurants just steps away. The mission is small but very well maintained and one of the few that has a warm cozy feeling. The adjacent courtyard is very picturesque too

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Apple Valley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We have been to several missions, this one is a little small, but the cost to view the site is also small. Worth the couple bucks.

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California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

When driving up historic Highway 101, you must exit California off ramp to visit this beautiful and tranquil land mark. The mission and Catholic Church are small in size, but the historic value is inmeasurable. Even if you are not a Catholic, it will still impress you with it' s California history.

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Palmdale, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The little museum is quaint and the garden is beautiful! The church is breathtaking and inspiring. During the week it is quiet and a refuge. I always come here when I'm in Ventura!!!

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APPLE VALLEY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I love visiting all the missions and this was no exception. We took a self guided walk and stayed for an hour. If you like historical you will like this.

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Quincy, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Based on the large congregation at a Sunday Mass while visiting Ventura, it looks like the Catholic Church is live and well in California.

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Ventura, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A beautiful mission founded in 1782 by Junipero Serra, a Franciscan missionary sent by the Spanish government of Mexico. It is well maintained and still serves as a church. Known for interior paintings done by Chumash Native American converts. Nice courtyard garden.

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Colorado
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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This mission was beautiful, it's a great example of the missions along the mission trail. I'd recommend stopping if you have an hour and are in the area, or are very interested in missions.

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