Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura

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  • My wife and I have been on a quest for the past few years to view all of the missions. The Mission San Buenaventura is small but well cared for and the church appears to still be in use. Unlike many o...  more »
  • As a person who has seen most of the CA missions, this mission is well preserved as it is still used as a church today. The grounds are well kept, but the typical “normal” buildings that would have su...  more »
  • This is worth the price of admission to see. Several old pieces inside the museum , small garden. Church is beautiful with well cared for ambiance. This would be a 1-2 hour trip  more »
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  • Beautiful mission and area in downtown Ventura. The mission is adjacent to local thrift, antique and modern mom and pop shops on main street. A museum is located across the street with a large open park highlighted by large trees. There is a gift shop connected to the mission with paid tours. Enjoyable afternoon.
  • It's been around 15 years since I visited this Mission. I'm not sure why I'm being asked to review this place. This was way before Android phones so I don't know how they found out I went there 15 years ago. It's a very nice mission! All missions are nice! I've been to 19 of the 21 California missions.
  • It is small but gorgeous.. I loved the little garden area so calming and peaceful. The church is beautiful and I saw two lovely nuns walking around.. Everything is well preserved and maintained and authentic just beautiful..
  • Mission San Buenaventura, the 9th of 21 CA missions, was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1782. As the 6th mission that Fr Serra dedicated, it was the final mission built during his lifetime. He died in 1784 and was interred beneath the chapel floor of the nearby Mission San Carlos de Borromeo del Carmelo. With a fire that destroyed its first construction, Mission San Buenaventura was finally completed in 1809. A seven mile aqueduct was built to bring water from the Ventura River to the mission and its fields. The massive earthquake in 1812 caused a immense tidal wave that damaged many of its buildings and aqueduct. A new mission was completed by 1816. Another major earthquake in 1857 collapsed its tile roof. The current church was restored in 1956-1957. What is unique about Mission San Buenaventura was its wooden bells, on display. Carved from solid wood blocks, these bells were used during the week of Easter. Cast bells were used the rest of the year (two of its current five bells were cast in 1781). No other mission held this practice. Also displayed are other original artifacts, this museum being one of the best along the Camino Real. Notable is the church alter installed in 1809 from Mexico. Buenaventura means good luck or good fortune. Yet this mission was destroyed by fire, earthquake and a tidal wave. Remarkably, after years of continued disrepair, the parish here has survived and continues to this day.
  • Nice small Museum, and the church is nice to see. Gardens are beautiful . Near the downtown . Please respect the church . Admission is a small fee to help preserve this old Mission .Alot to see, lots of small shops that surround the area.

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