Santa Barbara Mission


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The second installment of my historical Santa Barbara posts is one of the oldest and probably the most known landmark in Santa Barbara California, The Mission Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Mission was founded by a Spanish Padre named  Fermín Lasuén, Butwas built by the Natives on December 4, 1786. The purpose of the mission was to convert the indigenous people (The Chumash) to Christianity. the mission sits on a 25 acre property, and has the nickname the “the Queen of missions”. The mission was designated a US National landmark on October 9 1960, and designated a National historical place on October 19 1966. But sadly on June 25th 1925 an Earthquake shook southern California, and severely damaged the missions towers. Don’t be afraid in 1927 they began to rebuild it (exactly as it was in 1820). The Mission Santa Barbara  continues to serve the Santa Barbara community as a church, and In addition to its use as a place of worship, it is also known as a museum


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