Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara

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  • The Rose Garden

    by tlogsmith Written May 17, 2011

    The Mission is an absolute treat to see. The signature mark of Santa Barbara, it's the staple in every tourists plans. The rose garden across the street is a great place to picnic, play games or just read a book on a nice day. A great place to stay in Santa Barbara would be The Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Located on State Street, the location is great (just a short drive to the mission!) and it is very budget friendly. I definitely recommend.

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    Santa Barbara Mission

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 11, 2009

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    The Santa Barbara Mission is the town's star historical attraction dating back to the late 1700s though various calamities make the present structure more truly from the early 1900s. No matter, the beautiful home to the Spanish Franciscans looks very much Old World and it's peaceful green setting makes for an even more impressive sight and place for contemplation. Tours of the interior are $4 but the grounds around it are free and perhaps its greatest asset, particularly the rose gardens.

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    Old Mission Santa Barbara

    by trvlrtom Written Nov 15, 2008

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    This is the 10th of the California missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans, dating back to 1786. Today it is, of course, a popular and meaningful historical and tourist attraction, where you can still get a sense of what it was like in colonial days. The present buildings were restored after a big earthquake in the 1920s, and the original adobe look has been maintained.

    Entrance to the mission includes going through several display rooms, where you can see religious artifacts, implements and tools for work, and old photos and reproductions. It is a very short history lesson on the mission years that glosses over the role of the missions and the fate of the native populations, which now are mostly gone. With the role to Christianize the Native Americans, the church brought them here and to the other missions, and as the decades passed they succumbed to disease and loss of their culture. Whether this was a glorious history or a tragedy is up for debate.

    Regardless of all this, the mission and its grounds can be appreciated on many levels. The architectural legacy is beautiful and has had a great impact on much of California.

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    Mission courtyard quad and gardens

    by trvlrtom Written Nov 15, 2008

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    An important part of the mission complex is the center courtyard, which like European cloisters of the time period, are centered around a fountain and ringed by arcades. The Moorish style fountain is 200 years old, and in colonial days the basin was used by Native Americans for washing clothes. The garden now has some interesting cacti and succulents, but once was a working area. The buildings around the garden now house some offices and classrooms.

    After walking through the displays in the rooms of the museum, this is a nice place to pause and think about what it was like in the earlier days, when the Spanish and Native Americans had a complete life built around this building complex where now tourists pass by for a few moments.

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    Santa Barbara Old Mission

    by malianrob Written Jul 26, 2008
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    They call this Mission the Queen of the Missions and one of the most remarkable things about this mission is that since it was founded in 1786 it has been in continuous use.
    Personally I think the area around the mission is what is beautiful. This is the sixth mission that I have visited and it is the 10th of the 21 missions in California to be built. Padre Junipero Serra, who founded the first nine missions, had died 2 years earlier. I dont really concider this Mission the most beautiful. San Juan Capistrano for example was alot nicer in my opinion.
    This place is busy, theres alot of people coming in and out and for some reason there doesnt seem to be alot of room. I did still enjoy coming here. Like I have said before I have a goal of visiting all 21 missions.
    Self-guided tours may be taken daily from 9 am to 5 pm and docent led tours may be arranged by appointment.

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    THE QUEEN OF THE MISSIONS

    by travelgourmet Updated May 12, 2008

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    TRANQUIL SETTING

    Mission Santa Barbara is a Spanish style building built originally in 1786 and rebuilt and restored to it's present state. It was a Franciscan Order of Friars that oversaw the project of building in 1784 with Father Junipero Serra heading up the taskmasters over the local Chumash Indians who did most of the building.

    Today, as a reminder to the path of the padres in California history, the Mission is groomed for display of the relics of the past. Across the street is over 1000 rose bushes in a parkland setting. Perhaps this rose garden was groomed as an offering to the Chumash for the labor they preformed for the padres. I would like to believe that to be the case.

    The outside fountain and the structure of the Mission is a thing of beauty. Time to take the camera out for that, moment in time, snap-shot.

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    Queen of the Missions

    by joits Written Feb 28, 2008
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    Probably the highlight of any visit to the city. As a photography hobbyist, there's so much to photograph here. It's really nice to see some of California's history and there's some exhibits that you can see to educate yourself. The chapel is absolutely gorgeous and hopefully you visit this place when there isn't a wedding going on because otherwise the wedding will be off-limits during the duration of the event. You buy your tickets for a really cheap price and it's pretty much a self-guided tour. You can probably go through the tour in about 20 mins.

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    See the "Queen"

    by keida84 Written Oct 24, 2007

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    On December 4, 1786, the 10th mission of 21 was founded. The Santa Barbara Mission is known as the "Queen" of the Missions. It has survived several earthquakes, flood and fire throughout it's illustrious history and still stands tall 221 years later.

    You can take a self guided tour for the price of $5. It is a working church. Please be respectful if you visit on a day when mass is being said and then enjoy the grounds and the museum

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    One heck of a beautiful Mission

    by tvdandy Written Oct 5, 2007
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    This is a must see, it really is, and it won't take up much of your time. The archeticure is stunning, you feel like you just walked in on a Clint Eastwood movie. There is a little museum tour inside as well as a view of the courtyard in the inner part. This will only take an hour or so, bring your camera.

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    Santa Barbara Mission

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    Santa Barbara Mission has seen the test of time. Starting out with the good intentions of Christianizing the local natives, its past reflects how politics always seem to get involved eventually. The mission at one time was confiscated by the Governor in 1846, but was returned to the Catholic Church in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln.

    Being the tenth mission founded in 1786 by the Spanish Franciscans, Padre Antonio Paterna established the first of many buildings that would follow over the years. Like most California historical facilities they have experience either minimal or extreme damage due to earthquakes or fires. This mission was not spared the turmoil of earthquakes in 1812 and once again in 1925. Fortunately restoration included reinforcing much of the structure. The mission introduced religion of course and agriculture to the Chumash Indians. Soon the mission boasted a whole slew of different live stock and produce. They taught the Indians how to produce garments, shoes, tiles, and other trades such as carpentry and farmers.

    The church still holds services and is still part of Santa Barbara locals and a reminder of their not so simple beginnings.

    You can take a self guided tour from 9am-5pm. Tours are $4.00 for adults and start at the gift shop.

    Fountain was built in 1808.

    California State Historical Landmark #309

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    Remnants of the Spanish Missionaries

    by raraavis Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    Santa Barbara is one in a series of missionaires left by the Spanish Franciscans thoughout California. The original intent of the mission was Christianazation of the Chumach Indians that lived in the California central coast. In addition to the Spanish architecture, the mission is also influence by Moorish, Chinese, and Mexican.

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    Mission Santa Barbara

    by raulaf Updated Oct 19, 2005

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    Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the mission sits magestically atop the foothills of Santa Barbara. She is affectionately known as the queen of the California missions. Admire the old Spanish architecture and visit all the little museums.

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    Mission Santa Barbara

    by cheap_tourist Updated Oct 9, 2005

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    Mission Santa Barbara--the Queen of the Missions--was founded in 1786 by Spanish Franciscan friars. It is the tenth of California's 21 missions that stretch from San Diego to Sonoma. Visitors can explore the mission by following its self-guided tour (adult admission is only $4). Among its many attractions is the cemetery with its mausoleums and humongous Australian fig tree. Visitors who have seen Mission San Gabriel near Los Angeles will find the cemetery's cross and garden somewhat familiar.

    The mission is some distance away from Downtown Santa Barbara. If you don't have a car, take MTD bus #22 (www.sbmtd.gov) which stops practically at its doorstep.

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    Mission

    by patricia28 Written May 8, 2005

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    This beautiful church was founded in 1786, is was the tenth of 21 Franciscan missions in California.
    From the perspective of the mission you can see how it has changed from a Chumash land to a Spanish land and finally to an American state.
    In the mission you will be able to enjoy great quantity of pieces that were constructed by the Indians, pieces of very much cultural value and very interesting to see.
    The Mission still functions as a church.

    Tours are available daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and it costs 4 dollars.

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    The Mission Santa Barbara

    by kidkilowatt Written May 4, 2005
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    There are a lot of different ways you can take in the Mission Santa Barbara but no matter what, you should make the time to check it out. You could go the historical route and pay for admission to the little self-guided tour on the Mission's history, or pack a picnic and sit out on the lawn or in the rose garden in front of the mission and just take in the sights from the front. Or, if you are very religious, you might want to attend a service at the Mission where services are still regularly held. We were there on a Sunday morning and did not take in a service but did have the opportunity to hear the congregation singing hymns as we strolled through the beautiful back garden area. It was very serene. The Mission is really beautiful.

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