Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

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A Spanish mission founded in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara provides an insight into the colonization of southern California. Franciscan friars created the mission so they could convert the indigenous Chumash tribe to Catholicism. Embark on self-guided tour through the sacred garden, historical cemetery, church, and museum, or take one of the docent-led tours. Don't miss the fountain, aqueduct, and lavandaria in the Mission's front yard, all original fixtures built by the Chumash. The museum is home to a Chumash prayer board, the first written Chumash ever attempted. Our Santa Barbara day trip planner makes visiting Old Mission Santa Barbara and other Santa Barbara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We stopped by on our way into town for a weekend getaway. The mission and its grounds are beautiful and well kept. There's a gift shop that offers something for everyone. Due to time we were unable... 
    We stopped by on our way into town for a weekend getaway. The mission and its grounds are beautiful and well kept. There's a gift shop that offers something for everyone. Due to time we were unable...  more »
  • Such a beautiful, classic old mission! The inside is wonderful. All the grounds surrounding the mission are soothing and spectacular. 
    Such a beautiful, classic old mission! The inside is wonderful. All the grounds surrounding the mission are soothing and spectacular.  more »
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  • My experience was awesome, the tour is a must, take time to scan the tour barcode for maximum info. I really got the chills walking these hallways, garden and cemetery... inside the church was just as beautiful and moving. I was thrilled to get my new rosary blessed. Take lots of pictures, take your time and say your prayers there's something absolutely special here.
  • Don't rush through - take your time and absorb the beauty of this Mission. So much to see here. You can visit the crypts and walk around the gardens. Such a stunning place with gorgeous architecture. I wish we got the chance to attend a service here - next time for sure.

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