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Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura

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Mission San Buenaventura (Spanish: Misión San Buenaventura), formally known as the Mission Basilica of San Buenaventura, is a Catholic parish and basilica in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The parish church in the city of Ventura, California, United States, is a Spanish mission founded by the Order of Friars Minor. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in Alta California (or Nueva California) and the last to be established by the head of the Franciscan missions in California, Junípero Serra. Designated a California Historical Landmark, the mission is one of many locally designated landmarks in downtown Ventura.

The mission was named after St. Bonaventure, a 13th-century Franciscan saint, one of the early leaders of the Order to which the friars belonged, and a Doctor of the Church. On June 9, 2020, Pope Francis elevated the church to a minor basilica, and on July 15, 2020, the feast day of its patron saint, the announcement of the Pope's action was made and the elevation of the mission's status was officially proclaimed by Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles. The name of the mission was changed to reflect this new status in the Catholic Church.
Mission San Buenaventura was planned to be founded in 1770, but the founding was delayed because of the low availability of the military escorts needed to establish the mission. In 1793, the first church burned down. When the mission was completed, it included an adjacent quadrangle with living and work space. All that remains of the original mission is the church and its garden.

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  • An educational and spiritual experience. Give yourself sufficient time to tour the mini museum and read the history of Buenaventura. The chapel is an experience you don’t want to miss. Say a prayer... 
    An educational and spiritual experience. Give yourself sufficient time to tour the mini museum and read the history of Buenaventura. The chapel is an experience you don’t want to miss. Say a prayer...  more »
  • Beautiful mission - worth a stop. If you enjoy the missions, you'll like this one. Good history and pretty gardens. 
    Beautiful mission - worth a stop. If you enjoy the missions, you'll like this one. Good history and pretty gardens.  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful Missions that we have ever visited. Like going back in time two hundred years. You enter through the gift shop that's full of wonderfully painted artwork and beautiful crosses. The courtyard takes your breath away. Everything there is perfectly manicured. And full of colors. The Church is just amazing, like I said before it's like going back in time. We totally recommend that you stop in and take in the history and beauty of this amazing Mission. 👏 🙂
  • I loved the inside of the church, a little disappointed because they don't offer tours any more, we went with my son for a school project, and I had to pay $9.00 for both of us for a little brochure and a self tour. Although I have to say we enjoyed being able to self learn about the mission.

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