Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara

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Mission Santa Clara de Asís (Spanish: Misión Santa Clara de Asís) is a Spanish mission in the city of Santa Clara, California. The mission, which was the eighth in California, was founded on January 12, 1777, by the Franciscan order. Named for Saint Clare of Assisi, who founded the order of the Poor Clares and was an early companion of St. Francis of Assisi, this was the first California mission to be named in honor of a woman.
It is the namesake of both the city and county of Santa Clara, as well as of Santa Clara University, which was built around the mission. This is the only mission located on the grounds of a university campus. Although ruined and rebuilt six times, the settlement was never abandoned, and today it functions as the university chapel for Santa Clara University.
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  • A wonderful place to celebrate Mass - - - - - - - - Our daughter and I visited San Jose, CA, and the Bay area one mid-October weekend. We had a good time. Sunday morning, we celebrated Mass at... 
    A wonderful place to celebrate Mass - - - - - - - - Our daughter and I visited San Jose, CA, and the Bay area one mid-October weekend. We had a good time. Sunday morning, we celebrated Mass at...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful Mission Church within Santa Clara University. The church is well worth visiting with the beautiful altar, paintings and ceiling. The outside architecture with the cross in....  more
    This is a very beautiful Mission Church within Santa Clara University. The church is well worth visiting with the beautiful altar, paintings and ceiling. The outside architecture with the cross in....  more »
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  • Cool experience seeing this historic Mission in person. We didn't go inside, but walked through the garden. This is a very photogenic place. It's on Santa Clara University campus.
  • Beautiful structure and amazing grounds with various plants and flowers in bloom during our college visit at the end of March.

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