Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang

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Mission Santa Inés is a Spanish mission in the present-day city of Solvang, California, and named after St. Agnes of Rome. Founded on September 17, 1804 by Father Estévan Tapís of the Franciscan order, the mission site was chosen as a midway point between Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purísima Concepción, and was designed to relieve overcrowding at those two missions and to serve the Indians living east of the Coast Range.The mission was home to the first learning institution in Alta California and today serves as a museum as well as a parish church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.HistoryMost of the original church was destroyed on December 21, 1812 in an earthquake centered near Santa Barbara that damaged or destroyed most of California's missions. The quake also severely damaged other mission buildings, but the complex was not abandoned. A new church, constructed with 5to walls and great pine beams brought from nearby Figueroa Mountain, was dedicated on July 4, 1817. A water-powered grist mill was built in 1819, about half a mile from the church. In 1821, a fulling mill was added, designed by newly arrived American immigrant Joseph John Chapman.
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  • Spain is a beautiful expression of the spirit mission. The front of the building near the cross bench sat a moment, ever so pretty as you relax in the healing is the feeling of being. The gift shop had lots of pretty good, too. Come to the true God in diameter, it is really difficult to
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  • Family visit to Solvang - easy drive to Old Mission - quiet retreat and great views of the Valley. Took a nice walk through stations of the cross - nice path and easy walk. *Note they do charge admiss...  more »
  • Whether you are Catholic or not, I always recommend visiting Catholic Churches on your travels since this is often where the best historical architecture can be found. Old Mission Santa Ines is no exc...  more »
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  • Small mission in the Santa Ynez Valley. Self-guided tours, chapel, a small garden and cemetery. It reminds me of the mission that was used for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (although that was actually a mission in the San Francisco area). It's an easy walk from any of the hotels in the Solvang village area.
  • Built as the 19th of the 21 CA missions along the Camino Real, Mission Santa Ines was founded by Father Tapis in 1804. Like other surrounding missions in the area, Mission Santa Ines was devastated by the earthquake of 1812. Once rebuilt, the mission became very successful with many acres of crops and livestock in the Santa Ynez valley. In 1924 the mission became the home to Franciscan Friars from Ireland that rebuilt a continuing congregation. In a beautiful setting, from the Mission's parking lot one can look upon the Santa Ynez River valley with both the Santa Ynez and the San Rafael mountain ranges in the distance. Nearby (walking distance), one can wander about the many stores and restaurants of the "Danish" town of Solvang.
  • Well cared for. Great history...next to Solvang..
  • This is like my second home, Here's where I found the mining of my life, I met Jesus here on a retreat 18 years ago, I go to mass here &I enjoy been in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • An authentic mission, a classic representative of the Spanish Colonization in California, one of the 21 missions accompanied by military outposts along El Camino Real (from San Diego and beyond San Francisco to Sonoma). Very interesting place with a lot of artifacts from the Chumash Indians, cemetery, gardens, bell chapel, etc. Rich of history!

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