The Queen Of Missions In California!
The Santa Barbara mission, called the ‘Queen of Missions’ for its symmetrical beautiful architecture and graceful presence, was founded in 1786.
The mission in Santa Barbara is the 10th of the 21 California missions to be established by the Spanish Franciscans.
The twin tower mission was completed in 1820, and still serves as a parish church. You can take a self-guided tour beginning in the giftshop near the entrance to the church.
The tour takes you through the old padres’ former living quarters, with displays of early California household furnishings, beautifully embroidered vestments and into the dark, narrow church sanctuary, with its simulated marble paintings.
Behind the church, is a high walled cemetary with graves of hundreds of local Chumash Indians, as well as European and Mexican settlers who were buried there in the 1800′s.
The address to mission Santa Barbara is: 2201 Laguna Street at Los Olivos Street, Santa Barbara, Ca.
ADMISSION: Donation $4, under 16 free.
HOURS: Daily 9AM – 5PM. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Phone: (805) 682-4149.
The Cemetary Area
How To Get There
Exit US Highway 101 at Mission Street, go north to Laguna Street, turn left to the mission.