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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. Use our Solvang trip planner to arrange your visit to Old Mission Santa Ines and other attractions in Solvang.
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  • While visiting Solvang, we decided to take a tour of the Old Mission of Santa Ines. I had previously toured and mission in Carmel and found the histories and architecture of the old Spanish missions.....  more
    While visiting Solvang, we decided to take a tour of the Old Mission of Santa Ines. I had previously toured and mission in Carmel and found the histories and architecture of the old Spanish missions.....  more »
  • Always interesting to tour these Missions in California. You will learn so much about the area and the history of how it was settled. 
    Always interesting to tour these Missions in California. You will learn so much about the area and the history of how it was settled.  more »
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  • Beautiful and quiet, lots of great posted facts and artifacts. There's an almost secret chapel for very serene praying and reflection on the interior of the garden area. We almost missed it if it weren't for a young lady in a flowing dress that informed us if we'd like to see it, "it's just right in this door". Very clean grounds and nice gift shop! Very nice employees.
  • This is one of the quite place to visit 1. It is one of the oldest church around 2. The gardens are beautiful 3. You will see the nice forest view from here Need improvements 1. Not much in gift shop 2. Could have opened church for all time

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