Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang

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1760 Mission Dr (805) 688-4815

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  • MISSION SANTA INES
    MISSION SANTA INES
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  • ONE OF THE BELLS OF SAINT AGNES
    ONE OF THE BELLS OF SAINT AGNES
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    MISSION CHURCH
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    Old Mission Santa Ines

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    In 1804 a row of buildings was constructed, measuring 232 feet in length and 19 feet in both height and width. This wing contained the temporary church (about 86 feet long), a sacristy (14 feet long), the padres' quarters (approximately 29 feet long), and the granary (103 feet long). With the aid of an initial group of Chumash neophytes from Missions Santa Barbara and La Purisima Concepción, this portion was constructed six months prior to the formal founding of Mission Santa Inés. The 30-inch thick walls were made of adobe (regional soil that contained much clay). The roof consisted of poles over which sticks were laid side by side, and then covered with a layer of adobe soil that hardened, thus sealing out the weather. On September 17, 1804, Father Tápis officially dedicated the Mission to Saint Agnes. The temporary brushwood shelter was constructed at which 200 Indians attended solemn High Mass. Twenty-seven children were baptized and 15 men enlisted for instruction in the Catholic religion. Fathers José Romualdo Gutierrez and José Antonio Calzada were selected as the first resident priests. By the end of 1804 the Baptismal register already contained the names of 112 Chumash converts of all ages.http://www.missionsantaines.org/home.html

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    Pasquala~The little girl who saved the Mission

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    I wanted to add this because folks just walked up to it and didn't take the time to read it. If the story is true. We should all thank this little Indian girl named Pasquala!

    On Saturday afternoon Feb 21, 1824 a senseless and most destructive raid was made on this Mission. We are told that a young Indian girl, Pasquala, warned the priest in charge, Padre Francisco Xavier in time, and thus saved Santa Ines Mission from being wiped out. Pasquala's people were of the Tulare Country. Often she had stopped with her Kinsfolk at this Mission on their annual journey to the coast for shells and fish. On one of these journeys she became very ill and was cared for at the Mission until she was cured. Pasquala and her family were so grateful that they became Christians. Her father was working in the Mission Vinneyard when some of his own tribe killed him and carried the girl and her mother back to the Tulares. The mother died four years later. One day little Pasquala heard that the Tularenes were about to attack her beloved Mission that night, she made good her escape and ran wildly praying to reach Santa Ines. After several tortuous days she staggered into the Mission.

    PADRE - PADRE- WAR- WAR!

    Padre Francisco had been a soldier before he became a Missionary. He helped set up the Mission defenses when the Tularenes appeared with their bows and arrows they set fire to the buildings here at the rear of the church. They were repulsed and fled. The Missions Church was saved. But Paquala's act cost her life, for she soon died of a fever contracted when making her escape. It is said that she is buried in the Mission Church.

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    Mission Santa Ines ~1st Cornerstone of Education

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    Did you know that you are standing where the first institution for higher education in California was built? In May 1844, the first seminary of the future State of California was established here. Built within the Mission Santa Ines quadrangle it was named The Collee of Our Lady of Refuge of Sinners. Here you can see a portion of the original floor of that two story building, which ran North and South. Just like the Church it was made of adobe with a title roof and was about 120 long and 50 wide. The lower floor was divided into classrooms and rooms for the instructors. The upper floors contained the dormitories with a porch over the ground floor. The exposed floor that you see is asphalt and is typical flooring of the period. The Chumash used the asphalt for many purposes prior to the Spanish Colonization perior and gathered it from natural petroleum seeps or from the beaches.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines Lavenderia

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    At many of the Missions, Lavenderias were built for the benefit of the Indians. This Lavenderia was conveniently placed right here by the Indian Village. The large reservoir was used for bathing and the washing of clothes. Note the channels on the top sides to take off the sudsy water. The upper portion was used to provide the water for drinking and household purposes. You will notice that water from the main reservoir in front of the Mission was conducted here by means of clay pipes.

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    Mission Santa Ines ~Site of Mission Indian Village

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    In 1812, 80 little tile roofed adobe houses were built here for the Indian couples and their children. The group of buildings measured from east to west 200 feet and North to South 240 feet. Four streets, 31 ft. wide, ran from East to West. Each house had a door and a window on the side to the street. On the walls cupboards and shelves provided for the use of the family. The furniture would consist of a bed, another for the children, a table and benches. The greatest number of Indians at the mission was 768 in 1816. In 1855 the Indians were forced to vacate this village. Only Coleta, and old Indian woman, 90 years of age refused to leave and was accordingly allowed to remian till she died.

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    Mission Santa Ines ~Campo Santo

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    This cemetery is dedicated to the memory of over two thousand Chumash neophytes who built, lived and died here at Mission Santa Ines. It is also the final resting place of close to five hundred early settlers and five Capuchin Friors who served here at the Mission. The first burial took place in January 1805. Its exact location is unknown, but contains the remains of an infant Chumash girl named Cajetana. The last burial took place in 1975. The wooden crosses are not original and the locations of exact grave sites in many instances are not identifiable. The large concrete cross in the center of the cemetery dates to 1912 and was made from excess concreted used in the rebuilding the Mission bell tower destroyed by rain in 1906. The present cemetery wall was built in 1984 over the ruins of the original wall. Because of the scared nature of this area, we ask our visitors to conduct themselves in respectful manner. Thank you.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    The museum is only a couple of dollars to be able to enjoy many actual artifacts, see inside the church, stroll the gardens, and pay your respects at the cemetery. They provide you a very simple map that shows you the layout of a 25 minute self guided tour. No flash photography is allowed, but at least they let you take photographs.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines Arches

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    Twenty two arches formed the front arcade of the Mission quadrangle as completed in 1807. This is the original 19th arch. The 10 arches closest to the Church are also original. Like most of the adobe quadrangle, some of the arches collapsed. For many years there was a gap between the 10th and 19th arches, but in 1989 the missing arches were reconstructed.

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    THE BELLS OF SAINT AGNES

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 28, 2012

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    THE HIDDEN GEM
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    The California Missions were founded from 1769, starting with Mission San Diego de Alcala, with the leader at that time being Father Junipero Serra. (1713-1784), a priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church who came to Mexico and the Californias to establish the missions till the twenty-first Mission, San Francisco de Solano in 1823. In Solvang, right in town, is the nineteenth Mission, Santa Ines in 1804. The Spanish name for Agnes was Ines and the area became known as Santa Ynez with the anglicized spelling. I only bring this up to help explain where the name Santa Ynez Valley comes from and it is due to the misspelling of Ines.

    The Mission is a sight to behold as it has the classic look of most of the Missions with the long arched covered corridor buildings attached to the church portion of the Mission that has the bells in the towers and on the walls. With all the tourists in Danish Solvang, it is a strange sight to see this Spanish Mission sitting on the edge of town. The interior design of the church is simple, yet has a rich collection of paintings and statuary. There is an audio tour offered to help guide you through the museum rooms, church, and garden. Looking out past the parking lot to the fields below and beyond to the hills almost has the feel of when the padres first came to the area. Next to the hustle and bustle of tourists in town, the Mission is a place of quiet and calm. Kind of apropos for Mission Santa Ines to be called "The Hidden Gem" of the Missions. It's the hidden gem of Solvang.

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    Mission Santa Ines

    by malianrob Updated Dec 15, 2005

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    The mission was built in 1804 by Spanish Franciscan priests. This is one of 21 missions located up and down the California coast.
    You can listen to an audio taped tour and stroll the mission on your own. There are artifacts, artwork, garments, and documents of the 19th century for your viewing. The gardens are beautiful as well.

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    Mission Santa Ines National Historical Landmark~

    by Yaqui Written Dec 26, 2011

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    It reads:

    Mission Santa Ines

    Has been designated a NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
    This religious complex possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.

    Mission Santa Ines, founded in 1804, is one of the finest examples of a Mission complex containing buildings, structures, archaeological sites, ruins, and artwork important to understanding the Hispanic and Native American heritage of California. The fulling mill, built in 1821 by Joseph Chapman, is one of the earliest industrial sites in California.

    La Mison de Santa Ines, fundada en 1804, es uno de los mejores ejemplos entre los complejos misionales. Contiene edificios, estructuras, sitios arqueologicos, ruinas y Ejemplos de artesania importante para entender la herencia Hispana e Indigena de California. El batan, construido por Joseph Chapman en 1821, es uno de los sitios de industria mas antiguo en California.

    1999 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines

    by trvlrtom Written Nov 18, 2008

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    Mission Santa Ines, Solvang

    "Throughout its 204-year history, Mission Santa Inés has overcome natural disasters, political turmoil, and financial hardships to emerge as one of the most successful of the Southern California Missions. The Mission has endured rebellions, social upheaval, neglect, and decay only to rise again through restoration and repair as one of the hidden gems of the California Mission chain..."

    So begins the information on this beautiful mission on their web site. Rather than summarize what they have to say, I just recommend that while you are in Solvang, you make a visit here. Before Solvang became a pseudo-Danish town, before the wine industry took off, the mission was here for many generations. The native Chumash were gathered here to work and be Christianized by the Spanish missionaries, and early California history began. This mission provides a good history of the role of the church in that history from their point of view. You can come to appreciate the mission architecture and grounds.

    The mission is so close to Solvang you may be surprised to know that you can easily walk there.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines

    by Safaristars Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    The Santa Ines Mission is the eighth of the 24 Califonia Missions and was established in 1804. It was rebuilt after the 1812 earthquake and continues to serve the community to this day. Mass is held daily in English and in Spanish on weekends and Holy days. They have museum church and garden tours daily. There is also a Catholic gift shop to browse through. You can access the Mission from Mission Drive or if you are walking there is a short-cut through a small gate in the parking lot behind Tower Pizza on Alisal Road that is locked at dusk. The Mission has one of the best views of the valley including the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountains.

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    Mission Santa Ines

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Mission Santa Ines church

    When I visited Mission Santa Ines the mass was about to start, so I got to see the church for free (like many California Missions, entering the church/garden usually requires a mandatory "donation"). Inside the church the art works were nicely restored.

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    Old Mission Santa Ines

    by dila Updated Aug 8, 2004

    The Mission was founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estevan Tapis, and was named in honor of Saint Agnes, an early Christian martyr of the fourth century. The Spanish for Agnes is In?s, hence the name of the church; the American Yankees anglicized the spelling of the Spanish pronunciation and named the town Santa Ynez.

    the self guided tour is about 25 minutes. but you can stay longer if you want.
    Dont use flash lights in the building

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