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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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This mission was originally built by the Spanish in order to convert the local Indian tribes. A beautiful church and monastery with a lovely courtyard garden in the centre. Well... read more

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Montreux, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This mission was originally built by the Spanish in order to convert the local Indian tribes. A beautiful church and monastery with a lovely courtyard garden in the centre. Well labelled displays and information of its history. The Olive Garden next to the car park is also worth wandering around.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very pretty old Mission. The entrance fee is modest ($8 for adults and $4 for kids) and offers a little insight into the Spanish colonisation of Santa Barbara. You can't help feel a bit unsettled for the local Chumash Native Americans who had to deal with the Franciscan missionaries who came here... beautiful old building, short self guided tour...good... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The mission is similar to many others of its kind but still beautiful to see. The self guided tour lasted only 45 mins -Though we did not watch the entire dvd at the beginning which explains everything. It is very insightful to understand the role of the monks between the Chumash Indians and the soldiers during their revolt and how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderfully preserved building! Lots of history here and it sits on a pretty piece of land. I recommend this tour because you will not forget the feeling!

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Old mission has interesting history. It is definetely one of the must visit places. The palce was founded 1786, but earthquake destroyed building 1920s. Later it has been restored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

For those interested in California missions, and the history of Santa Barbara settlement by early Europeans, this site is a must see. The mission offers tours of the property, including the interesting La Huerta garden. Situated just blocks from downtown, visitors will get fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean. There is public parking and a restroom. The SB Trolley provides... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a cool attraction, had a lot of visitors when there, rich history! I would go if you are in the area

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed our afternoon doing the self-guided tour of this beautiful, historic Mission. The exhibits are designed to help guide you through the Mission, and we definitely grew in our appreciation of its history. It is serene, and all the visitors behaved respectfully throughout the Mission. You can not help but feel a sense of reverence towards those who lived... More 

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Ventura, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have going to the Santa Barbara Mission since I was a tot. Now I got to take my daughter, my 9 year old grand daughter and two year old grand son. ALL had a great time. The tour costs a few dollars but the money is well spent to see the beams from the 1800's. Includes tour of the... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely worth the visit. Went with our 27-yr old son, who was very glad he went with us. Such a spartan existence, yet still taught and learned from the Indians.Very thought provoking and respectful visit. The dedication of the friars is rather astounding. A lot to learn while enjoying the beauty. Take your time. You will leave with a greater... More 

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