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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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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Where history and religion meets

It was nice that the mission was close to the hotel. My wife and I attended an early mass. Even though it was raining, the church was fairly filled up. The church was very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Angel A
San Jose, California
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Huntington Beach, California
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66 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to enter by way of the gift shop, which doesn't open until 11AM. We were leaving at 10 AM to drive to Ojai. We found a gate open to the garden area, so went in and took some pictures. The church was locked and roped off, so we couldn't go in. Someone found us in the gated garden... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was nice that the mission was close to the hotel. My wife and I attended an early mass. Even though it was raining, the church was fairly filled up. The church was very well maintained. For is it was an enrichiching experience.

Thank Angel A
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Ventura and decided to check out the mission. It was the last mission Father Junipero Serra commissioned. I thought it would be bigger but most of the original mission is gone. Probably due to decay. The cool part about the mission is it in located in the middle of downtown Ventura. We parked and walked around the stores... More 

Thank toomuchfun3505
Clearwater, Florida
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place that you must see and enjoy the serenity of the grounds and church. It is rich in history!

Thank Fscalfaro
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well presented mission not to be missed, especially if you have a California 4th/5th grader doing the mandatory missions project.

Thank slowfoodslowfood
Arlington, Virginia
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80 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Unlike many of the old Spanish missions established along the Camino Real back in the 1700s, the Mission San Buenaventura has remained as an active part of the Ventura social fabric. It has continued to provide Mass to generations upon generations of Catholics (and curious Protestants), and its Catholic Holy Cross School (1-9 grades) is a mainstay of the educational... More 

Thank DrChipB
Ventura, California
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

California is filled with history from one end of the state to the other. One mission you can take is to visit the deep history of the California Missions. How these were developed and what they stood for is something everyone needs to take to heart. If you close your eyes you can hear the history filtering through chapel.

Thank William B
Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

a beautiful piece of California History!a must visit for anyone visiting this state! founder by the newly sainted Fr. Junephero Serra! Whether your Catholic or not, this is worth visiting!

Thank Kris K
Kailua, Hawaii
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Very quick stop. We read some of the history of the place which is informative. Worth a visit. We enjoyed just sitting in the chapel and soaking in the atmosphere.

Thank dorothy96734
Pasadena, California
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45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

We were here to get information for our daughter's school mission project. It is a self guided tour, they provide you with a pamphlet and you walk through it yourself. The fee is $4/adults and $1/students, it is worth the small fee. We were there for about an hour and a half, not a lot of time is needed. We... More 

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