Santa Barbara Mission
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Museums, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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In the northwest part of town just four blocks from State Street, the Santa Barbara Mission offers visitors a glimpse at the city's early origins. Founded in 1786, this Californian mission was Spain's 10th attempt to colonize the region and convert the native inhabitants to Roman Catholicism. Still a functioning house of worship, the Santa Barbara Mission boasts a museum filled with colonial artifacts and early photographs of the area. "Such a beautiful piece of architecture," remarks an IgoUgo.com user. "It is the symbol of Santa Barbara and it is well worth seeing."
The mission is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission costs $5. Or you could pay $8 for admission and a docent-led tour; those are offered on Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. For more information, check out the official website.