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Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Address: 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone Number: 805-682-4713
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell...

Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.

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The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786 and was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Seoul, South Korea
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is truly ground zero on how Santa Barbara got established over 200 years ago. We arrived in the late afternoon and did not have access to the tour. Exploring on your own is not allowed. Very little can be seen except the mission. There could be more to ithe mission but it is not a place you can... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having seen a good number of the California missions, I believe this is probably the most functional which makes it less of a tourist attraction. Don't get me wrong, it is still an amazing historical monument in a state where things that are 50 years old are thought of as ancient. But as it is restored and still a functioning... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786 and was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. The present church completed in 1820 and destroyed by earthquake in 1920. It was restored in 1927 & 1953. The church is beautiful and you can go inside to see... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a Catholic who enjoys visiting historical sites Old Mission Santa Barbara was an awesome and memorable experience! The history is rich here. We visited on January 13th of 2016. I was so impressed with the chapel and cemetery, and the museum was excellent. This is a must vacation stop when you come to Santa Barbara!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I lived in Santa Barbara for many years and am back for a visit. The Mission and esp the beautiful park across the street are always place I see again and again. I think the Carmel Mission is more beautiful and interesting--but the Midnight Mass at Santa Barbara cannot be beat. Just fabulous. Must attend at least once in a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to see! Each step the details of the Mission will amaze you. A tour is a must! I can go back again and again. With each time there is something new I notice. Any event held there is wonderful. From Fiesta dancers on the steps to chalk paintings on the ground. Even just watching the Fire... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Mission Santa Barbara is a working historical mission. Beautiful both inside and out, there is plenty of history to see both inside and outside the Mission. The self guided tour is $8 and takes a little over an hour. We spent about a half hour walking around the outside. They do do a Church service that is sometimes... More 

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a stop in Santa Barabara. Interesting history displays in a beautiful building and lovely location.

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Chino Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mission itself is a majestic beauty, with spectacular views of the ocean. Once inside you get a first hand look at life in the 1800s. The exhibits located throughout the tour are remarkable. The gardens are beautiful and allow for many wonderful photo opportunities. The cemetery is beautifully kept. There is a large tree that shades the area. It's... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most beautiful Missions in California. A must-see for history and mission lovers.

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