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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  • August 14, 2017
    Worth the time to visit this lovely mission convenient to Solvang. One of the 21 built by Catholic Missionaries between late 1700's and early 1800's. Nice self-guided walk through the buildings, garde...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Located right next to Downtown Solvang. Large California Mission with Beautiful Gardens and small ancient cemetery. There is a nice historical Museum and the Main Chapel is beautifully decorated in pa...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    One of Father Serra's most beautiful California missions. Beautiful grounds and buildings. And incredible views of the nearby mountains and valleys.  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    My granddaughter has to do a report on this mission, and her mother thought it would be good to film her report there. Entrance into the museum was very reasonable. We all enjoyed the mission plus we learned about the life and culture of the time. I am not posting all pictures as you would not have any surprises to see and learn about.
  • June 11, 2017
    Is amazing place and have a nice view with friendly people
  • April 11, 2017
    I haven't gone yet but i have a felling its gonna be great
  • December 21, 2016
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  • November 1, 2016
    This is a very nice Mission and it is in a very nice area the staff is very friendly and polite the place is clean and the restrooms are just the same their history is interesting and they are inexpensive, the parking is large and it is located close to downtown Solvang for a nice walk and some lunch, dinner and or shopping, Great for day trip.

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