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Mission Santa Ines

Founded by Fray Esteban Tapis, in September 17, 1804. This mission is the 19th in the 21 Mission chain. Named for Saint Agnes of Rome, Italy (patron saint of girls). Mission Santa Ines was the first educational institution in California. Extensively restored 1904-1924. Located 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara in the community of Solvang.

Early Photo of Mission Santa Ines
Beautifully decorated alter of the church
Father Serra
The Lavenderia used by the indians for bathing and washing clothes
Photo of the inner court yard of the mission
Massive wooden doors of the entrance to the church
Mission Santa Ines
View of one of the missions peaceful corridors



Early photo circa 1880

 

 

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