Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara

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    The Mission Santa Barbara

    by kidkilowatt Written May 4, 2005

    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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    I Madonnari Festival Chalk Painting at the Mission

    by keida84 Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Street painting, using chalk as the medium, is an Italian tradition dating to the 16th century. The Madonna was the most reproduced artwork. In Italy, the tradition lives on in the village of Grazie di Curtatone.

    If you happen to be in town don't miss the I Modonnari. On the plaza of the old Santa Barbara Mission "I Madonnari" Italian Street Painting Festival takes place every year in May.

    Live music, an authentic Italian market, a choice of Italian cuisine and crafts are on sale.

    An annual event it is free to the public

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    Mission Santa Barbara

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 26, 2004

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    Santa Barbara has one of the largest Spanish missions on California. Unlike some others, made solely of adobe, this one is partially built of stone and has pilasters on the front. Supposedly, it was built to resemble an ancient Roman structure and it certainly has something of that appearance, a strong contrast to the other missions. It also has a sizable old cemetery.

    The mission was founded in 1786 and the building dates back to the early 1800s.

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    The Queen of Missions

    by zrim Written Mar 19, 2004

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    The tenth California mission founded in 1786. A history of building and re-building after numerous calamities. Earthquake in 1812. Tower toppled in 1832. Another earthquake in 1925. But today the mission stands as both a monument to the Spanish roots of California history and as a working church where services are held each day.

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    The Queen of the Missions

    by meteorologist1 Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    Mission Santa Barbara is considered the Queen of the Missions of all the missions in California. This large mission is definitely one of the more popular attractions of Santa Barbara. It was founded in 1786 by Father Junipero Serra. The exterior of the mission is pretty beautiful and ancient. The mission still serves as a church for many. It is located north of the downtown area. There are a lot of parking spaces outside of the mission so don't worry about parking difficulties.

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    The Mission - Part 2

    by Hobbes007 Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    Inside the mission...

    You can visit the mission - well worth it!

    There's a small museum with information about the early days of the Mission and Santa Barbara, you can also visit the church and parts of the garden.

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    The Mission

    by Hobbes007 Written Aug 13, 2003

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    The mission in Santa Barbara was founded in 1786 by Fransiscan monks. It is one of the 21 Spanish missions in Southern California, and arguable the most beautiful and best preserved (it's called the "Queen of the Missions"). Who said Americans don't have a history?

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    Santa Barbara Mission

    by Pounder73 Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    Some people dig this sort of thing. And as far as missions go, it is well-preserved and nice, with beautiful rose gardens and a park that people hang out in, worship the sun (oooops, is that blasphemy?) or throw Frisbee.

    I am just not big on paying money to see a church that enslaved the local indigenous people, forced hard labor on them, made them convert to Christinanity or else be killed. And if any Chumash, the local Native American Tribe, tried to escape, they were hunted down with dogs and either mauled or shot. It kind of makes me sick.

    And what? They were supposed to be “saved” hmmm… if harboring Nazi’s wasn’t bad enough. Anyhow, this is not the place to have those discussions.

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  • Well, since the Santa Barbara...

    by AnneKLM Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Well, since the Santa Barbara mission is the most photograped mission in the United States (or so I've been told), why not help out in keeping it that way? ;-)
    The Santa Barbara mission is one of the oldest on the west coast, and so has historical interest. It is a National Historic landmark, and is known as 'Queen of the missions'. There are exhibits about life at the mission, its history etc, but most of all it's a beautiful building!

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    Mission Santa Barbara

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 31, 2008

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    Santa Barbara was the 10th mission established in 1786. Today its one of California's best preserved missions and is still an active parish.

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    The Old Mission

    by trvlnurse Updated Nov 20, 2003

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    The Mission chapel and grounds are breath- taking and the Spanish architectiture is a marvel. The tour is self guided and inexpensive and the Mission still offers Sunday Mass.

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    Mission Santa Barbara

    by annk Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    Founded in 1786, it is one of the best preserved of the missions. The church contains 18th and 19th century Mexican art.

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    Old Spanish Mission

    by Scottyj36 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    This is a nice drive up a long hill. The mission has a old church and a coutyard. there is also a museum there. From there you can see the sea.

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