Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang

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Mission Santa Inés is a Spanish mission in the present-day city of Solvang, California, and named after St. Agnes of Rome. Founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estévan Tapís of the Franciscan order, the mission site was chosen as a midway point between Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purísima Concepción, and was designed to relieve overcrowding at those two missions and to serve the Indians living east of the Coast Range.
The mission was home to the first learning institution in Alta California and today serves as a museum as well as a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Most of the original church was destroyed on December 21, 1812 in an earthquake centered near Santa Barbara that damaged or destroyed most of California's missions. The quake also severely damaged other mission buildings, but the complex was not abandoned. A new church, constructed with 5to walls and great pine beams brought from nearby Figueroa Mountain, was dedicated on July 4, 1817. A water-powered grist mill was built in 1819, about half a mile from the church. In 1821, a fulling mill was added, designed by newly arrived American immigrant Joseph John Chapman.
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  • Pleasant santa Ines mission garden. Being in a group not had time to visit anything other than the garden. shame..
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  • The grounds are serene and encourage meditation. I loved all the 1700 century art work and learned a lot. It is all beautiful preserved and worth your time.  more »
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  • Old native American village. The museum is very interesting. Beautiful works throughout church. Wonderful court yard. Has old aqueducts. Overlooks a valley.
  • The Mission is beautiful, views from the grounds - breathtaking. The disappointment was to see the front entrance and the best view of the building with a parking lot in the foreground instead of the green lawn as their main photo suggests. The green lawn that is there is on the less picturesque, street side. It's of no use for photography or painting if you are an artist.

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