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Santa Barbara Mission Exterior Walk
Mission Santa Barbara is one of the most photographed sites in the United States, but few know its secrets. Walk through history with an experienced guide to learn some surprising information about the Queen of the Missions. This magnificent structure is not the first chapel to be built on this site. There were two preliminary chapels prior to an adobe structure destroyed by earthquake in 1812.
Find out how the city of Santa Barbara received its name and what technology brought by the Spanish changed California’s landscape. This tour will enhance your experience as you stroll the exterior grounds of Old Mission Santa Barbara. The Franciscans who have occupied this site since 1786 manage the 15 most important acres in Santa Barbara.
Join us on a walking tour as we share the history and lore of this lovely Mission.
- Welcome to Old Mission Santa Barbara
- Mission Chapel.
- How the Missions Changed California
Cover Photo: Carol M Highsmith 1946. Library of Congress
NOTE: This is the personal project of tour author Lisa Burns and is not affiliated with Mission Santa Barbara’s services or tour offerings. Out of her own kindness, she is donating a portion of her profit to the Mission. Tours of the Mission’s interior grounds are available from Mission Santa Barbara for a separate purchase.
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