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Santa Barbara Mission
Santa Barbara California Mission

Old Santa Barbara Mission

The Santa Barbara Mission, or Old Mission Santa Barbara as it is known, was established in 1786 for the purpose of converting the local Native American tribe of Chumash-Barbareño people to the Christian Faith. An iconic landmark that identifies Santa Barbara, the mission is located between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Today, Mission Santa Barbara is the only mission in California which has been continuously under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars, which is the exact way that is has been since 1786. To learn more about visiting Old Mission
Santa Barbara.

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Santa Barbara Mission History

Old Mission Santa Barbara History -

Old Mission Santa Barbara enjoys a rich history closely associated with the city of its founding. The name of the Santa Barbara Mission comes from Saint Barbara, an early Christian martyr. Damaged in the great Santa Barbara earthquakes of 1812, the current Santa Barbara Mission building was largely constructed in the years following that earthquake and completed in 1820.

More devastation would follow with an invasion in 1818, another great earthquake in 1925, and bouts of strife - yet, the appearance of the interior of the church has not been changed largely since 1820. To learn more about the rich and fascinating history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Mission Facts & Timeline


  • Current Mission building completed in 1820
  • The Architect was Father Antonio Ripoll
  • From 1854 to 1885 the Santa Barbara Mission was as an apostolic college, making it the first college in Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Mission was returned to the Catholic Church by Abraham Lincoln in 1865
  • Listed on U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
  • Desi gnated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on October 9, 1960

Mission Santa Barbara Today -

Today, Mission Santa Barbara continues to serve as a place of worship and houses a historic museum, gift shop, a museum and a retreat house. To take a virtual tour of Santa Barbara Mission and see what the historic building looks like today.