Explore California's 21 Missions

Mission Santa Barbara

Founded in December 4, 1786 by Fathers Lausen and Paterra and was the first established after the death of Father Serra. Tenth in the California chain of missions. Named for Saint Barbara of Greece (Patron saint of miners and gunners). Nick named "Queen of the Alta California Missions". The church has been reconstructed or repaired several times once in 1794, destroyed in 1812 earthquake; rebuilt in 1815; completed in 1820; the twin towers were added in 1831; damaged in 1925 earthquake; repairs to the church completed in 1950. Since 1786 this mission has maintained an unbroken tradition of service to the community.

Greek style facade towers over visitors
Father Serra
Grand entrance to this beautiful church
Early photo circa 1880
Photo showing a restful retreat from the mid day sun



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