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Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara

© Betsy Malloy 2001

Mission Santa Barbara was the twelfth one built in California, founded December 4, 1786 by Father Fermin Lasuen. The name Mission Santa Barbara means is in honor of a fourth century martyr, because it was founded on her feast day

If you're here because you want to visit Mission Santa Barbara, you may want to read up on its history first, take a look at some pictures or just get the location which is below.

If you're looking for background material for a California Fourth Grade report, use this page and the mission history. If you're building a model for your project, check out the layout and floor plan and take a look at the pictures. If you need some help, try the model-building books and resources.

Interesting Facts about Mission Santa Barbara

  • Mission Santa Barbara is the only one in constant operation by the Franciscan Order since its founding
  • Mission Santa Barbara is the only one with two bell towers
  • The Mission Santa Barbara water system is still used by the city

Mission Santa Barbara Timeline

  • 1782 - Father Serra tries to found Mission Santa Barbara, fails
    1784 - Father Serra dies
    1786 - Mission Santa Barbara founded
    1789 - First church completed
    1800 - Population 1,700 neophytes
    1812 - Earthquake destroys Mission Santa Barbara church
    1820 - Current building completed
    1824 - Indian uprising
    1835 - Mission Santa Barbara secularized
    1925 - Earthquake damage

Where Is Mission Santa Barbara Located?

Mission Santa Barbara is located in Santa Barbara, California, northeast of downtown. Exit US Hwy 101 on Mission Street, turn left and follow the street until it ends at Laguna St. in about about a mile.

Turn left on Laguna and go 2 blocks straight ahead.

Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna St
Santa Barbara, CA
Mission Website and current hours

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