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Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara

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Not just any old government structure, Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a four-building Spanish-Moorish complex with plenty to see beyond courtrooms. As you wander the 14,000 sq m (150,000 sq ft), you can view the Mural Room, Law Library, and Hall of Records. Climb the Bell Tower to see the inner workings of the old clock--and to take photos from this famous observation deck. The courthouse's interior might surprise you with its intense colors, bodacious tiles, and bold lighting. Its gardens feature trees from more than 25 countries and are a popular place for weddings. You can plan Santa Barbara trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Saw this on Trip Advisor and stopped on our drive through while on vacation. What a pleasant surprise. Love the Architecture. It is free to walk through. Lots of art work on the walls as well. The... 
    Saw this on Trip Advisor and stopped on our drive through while on vacation. What a pleasant surprise. Love the Architecture. It is free to walk through. Lots of art work on the walls as well. The...  more »
  • The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a beautiful and historic building, in the "Moorish" or "Moroccan" style of southern Spain. The tile work is amazing; some tiles are from Spain and other... 
    The Santa Barbara Courthouse is a beautiful and historic building, in the "Moorish" or "Moroccan" style of southern Spain. The tile work is amazing; some tiles are from Spain and other...  more »
  • After the 1925 earthquake caused a great deal of damage to the town, Santa Barbara set about to rebuild their courthouse and jail. in four short years they completed this lovely building in the... 
    After the 1925 earthquake caused a great deal of damage to the town, Santa Barbara set about to rebuild their courthouse and jail. in four short years they completed this lovely building in the...  more »
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  • Who would've thought a court house would be so visually grand! This is such a beautiful place to visit. It's a must for anyone visiting the Santa Barbara area. We loved strolling along the corridors and admiring the amazing architecture. We spent over 2 hours here and even then we felt like we were rushing to get through.
  • This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the United States! I know like that seems like an exaggeration, but I'm not joking. Walking around the building reveals countless architectural details, from stained-glass windows, to tiny stone bridges. The inside is even more striking--long, colonnaded hallways lined with tapestries and heavy, carved wooden furniture. The mural room, which has a 360 degree mural, is jaw-dropping. The clock tower is free to enter and offers an unimpeded view of Santa Barbara, from the oceans to the mountains; this is where you realize why Santa Barbara is called the American Riviera! the surrounding gardens are amazing too--tropical palms, green grass, and redwoods offer a perfect place for a picnic. From its painted ceilings down to its tiled-floors, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse is a must-see!
  • I was married here 10 years ago. It was a great experience and ever since I have been telling people about what a wonderful experience it was. They have many options for all budgets. I rented a room for a couple hours. The mural room. The rooms are painted beautifully so decorations are not allowed but also not needed in my opinion. You can also rent part of the outside gardens. Get all your paper work done in time for the rental and for your marriage certificate get that done not too early because those do expire. I learned that the hard way haha Anyways I went to visit the court house again and recreated my photos. Husband surprised me. There was construction happening so we couldn’t go inside also because it was during covid while it was closed to the public. If I had to do it all over again I would do it here. Such a beautiful court house.
  • If you're planning a trip to beautiful Santa Barbara you have to visit this gorgeous building.
  • A gem in the downtown of Santa Barbara. Beautiful architectural building with equally magnificent gardens and decorations. A must visit if you’re the area.

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