Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan friars created the mission so they could convert the indigenous Chumash tribe to Catholicism. Embark on self-guided tour through the sacred garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum, or take one of the docent-led tours. Don't miss the fountain, aqueduct, and lavandaria in the Mission's front yard, all original fixtures built by the Chumash. The museum is home to a Chumash prayer board, the first written Chumash ever attempted. Our Santa Barbara day trip planner makes visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and other Santa Barbara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We walked around outside and took pictures. We love old churches and this one is a beauty. Build by the Monks and the Chumash Indians, it has a long and varied history, to which the tour guide was ver...  more »
  • This was my wife's first visit to CA other than arriving at LAX. We defiantly will go back and spend more time in Santa Barbara.  more »
  • We’ve been to a few Missions across the Southwest. This was by far the best for historical accuracy and preservation. We took the Treasure tour and Barbera was excellent! Lots of information and back ...  more »
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  • Fiesta at the Old Mission has been a Santa Barbara tradition for many years. The dancers are very entertaining and kick off the week of fiesta each year. The grounds are beautiful and the rose garden across the street is a nice spot for walking or having a picnic. for lunch
  • Beautiful architecture and it's well taken care of! We loved seeing the cemetary. Once inside the chapel, it just hit us-we needed to take a moment of silence and self-reflection. So peaceful. My husband and I highly recommend it!
  • I’m so happy to be back in Santa Barbara. I recently went to this place with what seem like a new set of eyes. This place is beautiful! The gardens and the families bring life to this old city of mine. I’ll be spending a lot of time here while I continue to grow. I hope through all the fires and disasters we’ve experienced and continue to experience that this place will always remain
  • Praise, pilgrims and faith. Guardian, father Larry Gosselin is one of the most uplifting Franciscan priests of our time. Also featured is a native plant gardens, retreat center, serene grottos for reflection and Rose Garden. During Christmas visit and sing with a live nativity. At the picturesque Santa Barbara hills also lotus fountain and gift shop.
  • One of my favorite places to visit in Santa Barbara! I've been here several times and it's lovely each and every time. On my last visit, I actually went to Sunday Mass. Although I'm not Catholic, I found it very enjoyable, and very beautiful to be worshiping God in such a historic place. I think everyone should visit here at least once. Truly a blessed place!

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