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Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
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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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Amazing, Beautiful and Historic

Beautifully preserved California Mission. The grounds and location are just beautiful. Very much worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Redondo Beach, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a huge things but you must pay to go there it's $9 so it's a lot for mission as it must be for free as it's a historical things but we took a lot of great photos outside

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Redondo Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautifully preserved California Mission. The grounds and location are just beautiful. Very much worth a visit.

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Arcadia, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was raining and finally got there. Need $ to go inside. There gift shop had a nice staff. I wish they let us go inside w/o charging!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely worth visiting. We enjoyed the self guided tour around the mission and grounds. They have done an excellent job of preserving this historic mission, and presenting it in a way that we found both very educational and entertaining.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to arrive shortly before the thrice-weekly docent-led tour which was worth the extra cost ($13/11 for seniors). The docent was knowledgeable and fully acknowledged the shortcomings of the Spanish priests toward the Chumash Indians. This mission is still a parish church. The tour included, as well, the cemetery, sacred garden, and museum.

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I stopped in at 4 to catch a tour. The mission closes at 5. We enjoyed the video and then set off on our own to quickly walk thru the gardens, cemetery and columbarium, and then to spend time in the church. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament was locked so we could not spend time but... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our self guided tour was informative. We were awed by how much two Franciscan monks accomplished in their lifetimes. Additionally, it was interesting to learn that the monks designed the mission's front facade to resemble a Roman temple. For those seeking the church beauty one finds in Italy or other parts of Europe, this mission will seem underwhelming. However, it... More 

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San Diego CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the Christmas/New Year break and it was not too crowded. Chose not to spend the approx. $13/person to see inside and therefore not much to see for free except the outside. If you love history and appreciate the missions, may be worth going in, but I personally have seen enough other missions that this didn't seem overly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is a beautiful place to visit. I also enjoy the gorgeous rose gardens across from the Mission. You can sit on a bench and take it all in- the beauty of the Mission, the scent of the flowers and the mountain views!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a self guided tour. This place is definitely a must when visiting Santa Barbara. It has a lot of history and great culture to share.

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