Interesting Facts on Mission Santa Barbara
Mission Santa Barbara is a stunning walk through history amid the charming beauty of mission-style buildings. The lush landscapes of the area highlight the beauty and elegance that have been cherished characteristics of Santa Barbara, known as Queen of the Missions.
On December 4, 1786, Mission Santa Barbara became the 10th of the 21 Franciscan missions of California.
Mission Santa Barbara shares its name with its city of residence and is located in the "American Riviera," as locals call it. The Mediterranean-type area is between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. The mission can be found at 2201 Laguna St.
The mission hosts several spiritual retreats and self-guided walking tours and provides a Catholic Mass and special-event services.
The mission is open every day from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. There is an entrance fee, with discounts for children and seniors.
There are more than 10 acres of gorgeous gardens to enjoy on the campus. A native garden includes traditional plants used by the Chumash Indian tribe. The mission also holds species of plants brought by the Spaniards, including pomegranate, olive, pepper and orange trees.
The real-life young woman who became known as Karana, the main character of the children's book "Island of the Blue Dolphins," is buried in the mission's cemetery. Although her grave is unmarked, visitors can tour the cemetery and see a plaque raised in her honor.
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