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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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  • Our dear friends were married in this beautiful cathedral. It was picture perfect and then some.the organ is simply beautiful.  more »
  • We attended a holiday concert here. Gorgeous setting with lovely grounds. Easy parking especially at night.  more »
  • Sitting on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University is one of the famous California Missions. It is a stunning, well kept, building, inside and out. I live in Santa Clara and walk the campus and...  more »
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  • Really amazing and beautiful church right on campus at Santa Clara University! It has a really wonderful mission looking church! The sermons were great here when I attended and the community of students were very lively. The Jesuit priests here are very interactive and engaging. A good deal of students get married here and I can understand why they do. Other tips about this place: no bathrooms inside the church you'll have to got the building labeled O'connor to the right of the church. Also, take a peak at the mission gardens right next to the church, very beautiful.
  • Stunning and in the middle of the university. Much of this mission has been recreated but the appeal is stroll very much there.
  • I like this mission a lot and I am doing a report on it. Santa Clara is the best mission ever
  • Am-uh-zing totes incredible
  • On a whim stopped by this Mission. The gardens are peaceful and a wonderful place to relax, view beautiful flowers and historic Californian architecture. I went when the buildings were closed so I can only imagine the beauty that it holds.