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Address: 2201 Laguna St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3611
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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Historic, old mission best to see during the street painting festival

A great time to go to visit the Santa Barbara Mission is at the end of May, when the I Madonnari street painting festival takes place. Artist paint and draw in chalk, beautiful... read more

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great time to go to visit the Santa Barbara Mission is at the end of May, when the I Madonnari street painting festival takes place. Artist paint and draw in chalk, beautiful street art, in the front of the old mission. It is truly a sight to behold. We arrived there the week following the festival, but were fortunate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is the main tourist attraction in Santa Barbara. The Mission was founded over 300 years ago and has had to be built several times. It is beautiful and an oasis of calm. Don't miss it!

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are, this is a nice one to visit. It was built by the same group of Spanish padres that built El Camino Real, the 'road' up the coast and a string of missions along the way. I'm not into missions or churches so it was wasted on me, but the rose garden across the way is beautiful and... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm so glad I took the tour of the mission, but the docent was not great. There were people our tour that knew more about it than he did. I didn't feel like I could take what he was saying as true, as there were a lot of mistakes in his presentation. The mission itself if amazing.

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Winter Haven, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I recently went to Santa Barbara to explore the city and its historic sites. We have been visiting the California missions throughout our explorations of this amazing state. This mission is beautiful. It is still a very active church. We came on a weekday and there were plenty of visitors. The church and the grounds are well... More 

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Sparks, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautifully restored and preserved part of history and the landscaping is very nice. The displays really tell the store of life at the mission.

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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the mission. $8 for a SELF GUIDED tour. Then the actual mission was closed because they were having a private something with about 10 people in the front of the church. They would not even let people look in from the doorway. Maybe we will try again some time but really disappointed this time.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I have visited many Missions in California and Texas and this was one of our favorites. Very well done museum and the church is stunning. A lot of great history on this mission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They say this is the most beautiful of all the missions and I can believe it. The inside of the church is free and a must see. Plus the grounds and the neighboring gardens and houses of the surrounding area are just gorgeous. The only thing is that it is not somewhere you can spend all day. I would recommend... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was in Santa Barbara this week and made a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph - Inspiring and Serene! The artwork and sculptures are just magnificent, the grounds are inspiring! What a fantastic example of the California mission and the culture that developed here. Just excellent!

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