Santa Barbara Mission – History, Ticket, and Information

Santa Barbara Mission

Tickets are: $5/$5/$1/free for adults/senior/youth/and under 5
“The Queen of Missions”, Santa Barbara Mission is a beautifully preserved, functioning church located up Mission Street about 20 min drive from Santa Barbara. It has a museum that features the history of the mission and the native Americans involvement in the origin and the building of the mission, a cemetery, and a rose garden. The interior of the church is barely changed since its rebuilding in 1800′s.

Santa Barbara Mission is definitely one of the most popular things to see and do in Santa Barbara for its art pieces and architecture.

History behind the name of Santa Barbara Mission

santa barbara mission

-- by Fritz Liess

The mission is named after “Santa Barbara”, a girl who was beheaded by her father for embracing the Christian Faith.

The history behind the current Mission

Santa Barbara Mission was originally founded on December 4, 1786. The early years of building the missionaries was done by Father Antonio Paterna, who supervised all early construction. Many parts of the Mission, including its water treatment system, were built using the Chumash Indian labor.

The current Santa Barbara Mission was built after an earthquake in 1812, and the building was completed in 1820.

From 1854-1885 it was chartered as an apostolic college, thus making it Santa Barbara’s first institution of higher education.

It continues to serve as a parish church until present day, as well as a main tourist attraction in Santa Barbara

Self-guided tours available daily 9am-5pm.
Docent lead tours are available for $8, every Thursday and Friday at 11 am, Saturday at 10:30 am.

2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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