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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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  • One of the first missions (from these churches begins the path of colonization, form the backbone of the settlements throughout the region). Historical and artistic value even if you commit to make it a tourist place and well maintained
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  • Although a historical site, Mission Santa Barbara is also an active church. This mesh of old and new brings a truly inspirational tone to your visit. I love the church and the museum but my favorite o...  more »
  • Well worth the visit here to see the old historic mission and find out what it was all about. Self guided tour round the mission and there is a short video presentation which tells you loads about the...  more »