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Mission Santa Clara


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Mission Santa Clara

Mission Santa Clara

©2002 by Betsy Malloy
Mission Santa Clara was the eighth one built in California, founded January 12, 1777 by Father Thomas de la Pena. The name Mission Santa Clara is for Saint Clara.

If you're here because you want to visit Mission Santa Clara, 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 Clara

  • Mission Santa Clara is the only mission now located on a university campus
  • Mission Santa Clara has rung its bells every evening at 8:30 p.m. for more than 200 years
  • Mission Santa Clara was the first in California to honor a woman
  • Mission Santa Clara was named for St. Francis' childhood friend

Mission Santa Clara Timeline

  • 1777 - Father de la Pena founds Mission Santa Clara
    1779 - Flood, Mission Santa Clara moved to temporary location
    1784 - New church completed
    1812 - Earthquake
    1825 - Fifth church completed
    1836 - Mission Santa Clara secularized
    1851 - Santa Clara University founded
    1926 - Church destroyed in fire

Where Is Mission Santa Clara Located?

  • Cost: No entrance fee
  • Location: Santa Clara University, directions below
  • How Long: Allow an hour or so
  • Best Time to Visit: Any time - Catholic Masses held daily except Saturday may prevent casual visits
  • See It Now: Photo Tour
Mission Santa Clara
500 El Camino Real (on the university campus)
Santa Clara, CA
Mission Website and current hours
Mission Santa Clara is located on the university campus. The easiest way to reach it is from I-880. Exit at The Alameda (street) and go north, past where The Alameda becomes El Camino Real. The University's main entrance is on the left side of the road and Mission Santa Clara is straight ahead. All vehicles parked on the campus need to have a parking permit. Pick one up on the way in.

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