Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara
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Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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Loneostrich
Miami Beach, FL109 contributions
Beautifully maintained spot of history
Sep 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. There was a bit of faffing about with QR codes for information, but there is decent signage throughout, and I was content to read. The grounds are beautiful, and I really found fascinating the mestizaje of the place--you really did learn about the Chumash-Spanish encounter, and it left me wanting to learn more about the California Natives.
Written September 11, 2021
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Laura D
Kalispell, MT81 contributions
A Jewel
Aug 2021
Beautiful and historic with room to navigate on your own or take a guided tour. Very difficult to see the grounds suffer due to the lack of attendance/revenue during covid. Encouraged everyone to visit this historic and spiritual treasure and contribute generously.
Written August 23, 2021
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Bart C
Foster City, CA481 contributions
The Queen of the missions, but not spectacular
Jul 2021
Yet another mission. Though the exterior architecture was grander than many CA missions, I didn't see the big attraction here unless you are a mission aficionado. Admittedly, I don't do the interiors anymore as they tend to be dark and uninviting for the most part, unless you feel some religious attraction. The grounds are nice and the Rose Garden is quite nice across the street. Not many places to sit and enjoy though.
Written July 23, 2021
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Golli1129
Florence, CO16 contributions
Rip off, unkept gardens, little to see
Jun 2021
This is truly a tourist trap, an absolut minor attraction and very little to see. The mission looks nice from the outside, but once inside you realize very fast that this is a rip-off. All the inside gardens/grounds are unkept, no greens are planted. Shame on them to charge this steep price and not even be able to have nice gardens.
The worst is when you realize what the mission actually did to the Chumash people,
I can only agree with the contribution of Julia: "I was devastated to read the revisionist history provided by the mission of what they perpetrated upon the Chumash people and the white-washed history they promote in reference to their actions. At one point, the information boards even had the audacity to say they only 'bought' the mission with the intent of giving it back to the indigenous people. Of course They don't address the accusations that the Spanish forcibly invaded the Indigenous lands and forced the Chumash to convert to Christianity, becoming slave-like 'Mission Indians', and instead pretend they were doing the indigenous a service by converting them!"
Written July 19, 2021
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James H
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany511 contributions
Beautiful piece of history and culture.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Lovely well preserved piece of local history. Plenty of information to help you gain an appreciation of the context. Helpful, efficient staff. Lots of free parking, easy to find.
Written July 17, 2021
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Reign68
Rancho Cucamonga, CA385 contributions
See the Mission
Jul 2021 • Friends
Great place to visit and know the history of the mission. Beautiful garden to walk and ponder . Entrance fee $15 for adult. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Parking space is limited.
Written July 11, 2021
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SuzyM
Austin, TX32 contributions
Must see for history buffs
Jun 2021
Love the history of the area. Great displays and information to help you understand the past and the present.
Written July 5, 2021
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chlene36
Stockton, CA121 contributions
Interesting and inspiring
Jun 2021
The Mission is beautifully preserved and a peaceful place to learn about the past. The information posted has appeal for all ages and like, all over Santa
Barbara, the plant life proportions are AMAZING.
Written July 1, 2021
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T L
San Diego, CA313 contributions
Beautiful
May 2021
This is a DO NOT MISS when in the area. This California mission is located on one of the most beautiful pieces of property. The view from the front looks out to the Pacific Ocean and it’s just breath taking.
Written May 21, 2021
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laura s
129 contributions
Nice way to spend afternoon
May 2021 • Couples
Walking tour includes additional Historical facts on their website you can access on your phone rose garden 8s wonderful i highly recommend this site beautiful
Written May 19, 2021
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