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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  • This is my favorite Mission. It has an amazing history, and the fact that it still has an active parish community is extraordinary. The docents here are very knowledgeable and friendly. Also, the Franciscan priests and Sacred Heart Sisters are wonderful!
  • The location and setting are spectacular. The building is beautiful and definitely worth the time to seek out and visit if you are in the area.
  • Old Mission Santa Ynez was founded by Spain Catholic Missionaries on earliest 1600s. . . . . Now is one of the most important places to visit when you are vacationing !!!. . . . . Please come over all tourists from all over the world and enjoy. !!!
  • Grounds are beautiful. Loved the chance to see the cemetery. We have been go a lot of missions and this is one of the smallest
  • Built as the 19th of the 21 CA missions along the Camino Real, Mission Santa Ines was founded by Father-President Estevan Tapis in 1804. Fr Tapis was appointed Father-President in 1803 after the death of Fr Fermin Lasuen (a position Fr Tapis held from 1803-1812). In retirement, Fr Tapis died at Mission San Juan Bautista in 1825. Founded to be halfway between Mission Santa Barbara and Mission La Purisima Conception, it was also established to reduce mission overcrowding. A massive earthquake occurred in 1812 (2 quakes 15 days apart) damaged or destroyed many of the California missions, including Santa Ines. Construction of a new church began soon after, dedicated in 1817. It was built with much thicker walls, 5-6 feet thick. The Chumash Rebellion of 1824 started at Mission Santa Ines when a soldier beat a young neophyte. The rebellion impacted multiple missions. It spread to Mission La Purisima and Mission Santa Barbara where the Chumash temporarily took control. At Santa Ines, a fire developed where much of the complex burned down. After fighting finally stopped, many of the Chumash neophytes left for the mountains. Subsequent military expeditions in 1824 were sent to find the Chumash to convince them to return to their missions. Without neophytes, missions could not function or profit. Miission Santa Ines became very successful with many thousand acres of crops and livestock within the fertile Santa Ynez valley. In 1924, Mission Santa Ines became the home to Franciscan Friars from Ireland that successfully 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.
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