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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. See Old Mission Santa Barbara and all Santa Barbara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Santa Barbara travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Franciscan church is very beautiful. We just can't do the tour but gave domestic to see a bit of the garden through the cracks. Very well taken care of. The store is beautiful, has a few art objects worth.
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  • Still an active church, the Santa Barbara mission sits on at a panoramic elevation a bit away from the downtown core. It is surrounded by parks and open areas and is graced by a lovely view of the ros...  more »
  • We had one day in Santa Barbara and spent a couple of hours touring the Missions. We paid for the inside tour and it was relatively cheap. The money goes towards the upkeep of the Missions. The archit...  more »