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Santa Barbara, California: The Santa Barbara Mission

History of the Mission:

Founded by the Franciscans on December 4, 1786 (the Feast Day of Saint Barbara) the Mission remains today as a landmark in the city of Santa Barbara, and has been given the nickname “Queen of the Missions”.

The mission church of Santa Barbara California
Interior of the Mission Church

It is an active parish, still under the guidance of the Franciscans.  There are daily and Sunday Masses that you can attend.

In addition to the church itself, there is also a museum and gift shop; a cemetery and mausoleum; and twelve acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.  Docents are available for tours.  Check their website for details.

It is also possible to rent out some of the facilities for such things as rehearsal dinners, receptions, celebrations and more. There are four versatile event spaces:  Serra Hall, St. Bonaventure Hall, St. Francis Courtyard and Friars Lounge.

Traveling to Santa Barbara Mission:

Address:  2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, California

Tel:  +1 805-682-4713

Click here for the official website of Santa Barbara Mission




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