Mar 12, 2008
Santa Barbara Mission California
California is earthquake country so the Santa Barbara Mission you see here is not the original. Founded in 1786 by Spanish Franciscans the mission still has an active parish. The original buildings, three in succession, were more modest. A major earthquake decimated the third in 1812. Its replacement was completed in 1927. The current building also got a major facelift in 1950. It’s referred to locally as the Queen of Missions.
The 10th mission built in California by the Franciscans its goal was to convert the Chumash to Christianity. There are still quite a few Santa Barbaran’s who can trace part of their heritage back to Chumash ancestors.
A California Historic Landmark the Santa Barbara Mission is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Another architectural gem in Santa Barbara not too far from the mission is its municipal courthouse.