Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara

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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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    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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    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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    I Madonnari Festival Chalk Painting at the Mission

    by keida84 Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Chalk Painting

    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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    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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    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

    by Hobbes007 Written Aug 13, 2003

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    The Mission - Outside

    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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    The Mission - Part 2

    by Hobbes007 Updated Sep 25, 2003

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    The Mission - Inside

    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 Queen of Missions

    by zrim Written Mar 19, 2004

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    Santa Barbara Mission

    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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    Santa Barbara Mission

    by Pounder73 Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    Brother and Me

    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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    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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    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.

    Open 9 am to 5 pm

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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 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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    See the "Queen"

    by keida84 Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Santa Barbara Mission

    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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