Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara

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Mission Santa Clara de Asís is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in the present-day city of Santa Clara, California. The mission, the eighth in California, was founded on January 12, 1777 and named for Saint Clare of Assisi, the foundress of the order of the Poor Clares. It is the namesake of both the city and county of Santa Clara, as well as Santa Clara University, which was built around the mission. This was the first California mission to be named in honor of a woman and the only one now located on a university campus.Although ruined and rebuilt six times, the settlement was never abandoned, and today it functions as both a parish church of the Diocese of San Jose and a university chapel for Santa Clara University.HistoryThe outpost was originally established as La Misión Santa Clara de Thamien at the Indian village of So-co-is-u-ka January 12, 1777. There the Franciscan brothers erected a cross and shelter for worship to bring Christianity to the Ohlone and Costanoan peoples. Floods, fires, and earthquakes damaged many of the Caltrain track; moreover, several Native American burial sites have been discovered near this subsequent site. The current site, home to the first college in Alta California, dates back to 1828.
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  • The Santa Clara mission is located at the Santa Clara university. Because this is a vibrant university the mission is well taken care of. The buildings and grounds could not be in better condition. Al...  more »
  • This is a beautiful mission. On the Santa Clara University campus. Beautiful grounds and everything fresh and clean. Drive on to the campus and park in free visitor parking. Great for photos, so bring...  more »
  • We made a quick stop here on our way out of San Jose. It was a Sunday so the grounds were quiet. Mass was going on,so we quietly slipped in the back and enjoyed the singing of the congregation and the...  more »
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  • Beautiful campus and the church has a well attended noon Mass. Lovely church and it's quiet enough for a visitor who wishes to pray undisturbed. The church provides a nice little brochure for a self guided tour of the interior and immediate exterior surroundings. It's now part of the Santa Clara University grounds, and parking is by permit only and spaces are limited. Worth the visit. The campus bookstore could have better postcards with clearer photo quality. I would have liked close up pictures of the St. Clare statues over the altar and front entry.
  • Inside the university you see this mission that contains a church, a cemetery and a museum with some artifacts like the previous bell gifted by Charles the third from Spain. There are better missions around California but if you have opportunity it's a good idea to visit.
  • The place did not show much history. There was a old wall and the church was also a part of the old mission. Ufortntly, there was a mass going on and could not enter.
  • Such a beautiful and peaceful place! Love to be at here :)
  • Lucky the kid who gests THis Mission of their Fifth Grade Mission Project. Enter this lovely church with reverence and take in the history.

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