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The California Missions - South

Santa Barbara to San Diego

This list illustrates eight missions in southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Other lists cover the northern and central parts of the California mission chain.


Santa Barbara - 1786

Known as the Queen of the Missions stone-built Santa Barbara never fell into disrepair.

Official site: The Old Santa Barbara Mission

Wikipedia article: Mission Santa Barbara

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The fountain and lavanderia at Mission Santa Barbara

Mission Santa Barbara, California

June 9, 2010
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Mission Santa Barbara - Inside
The Santa Barbara County Courthouse

San Buenaventure - 1782

Simple and graceful, the old mission has been carefully restored.

Official site: San Buenaventura Mission

Wikipedia article: Mission San Buenaventura

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Mission San Buenaventura, in modern Ventura

Ventura, California

March 27, 2009
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Mission San Buenaventura
Ventura

San Fernando - 1797

This is one of the most fully restored missions, with an extensive museum area in the Convento Building.

Wikipedia article: Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

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The resplendent gilded altar at Mission San Fernando.

Mission San Fernando Rey in San Fernando, California

October 30, 2013
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Mission San Fernando
Mission San Fernando Museum

San Gabriel - 1771

San Gabriel was the precusor of the Los Angeles megalopolis, the first civilized place encountered by overland emigrants such as the Death Valley 49'ers.

Official site: San Gabriel Mission

Wikipedia article: Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

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Inside the church at Mision San Gabriel

Mission San Gabriel, California

June 3, 2010
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Mission San Gabriel

San Juan Capistrano - 1776

Construction of the triple-domed stone church was not quite finished when it was damaged by an earthquake, and was never completed.

Official site: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Wikipedia article: Mission San Juan Capistrano

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The stone church at San Juan Capistrano, ruined by an earthquake in 1812

San Juan Capistrano, California

June 4, 2010
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Mission San Juan Capistrano - Two
San Juan Capistrano

San Luis Rey de Francia - 1798

Imposing Mission San Luis Rey was partly reconstructed by the Disney orgamization for their film Zorro, and is currently the only mission that does not allow photography inside.

Official site: Old Mission San Luis Rey

Wikipedia article: Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

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A statue representing the fourth station of the cross at Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, California

June 4, 2010
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San Antonio de Pala - 1816

Pala was an assistencia, a small church affiliated with a larger mission, serving, then and now, the native population.

Official site: Mission San Antonio de Pala

Wikipedia article: San Antonio de Pala Asistencia

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The freestanding bell tower at the mission (asistencia) at Pala

Mission San Antonio de Pala, Pala Indian Reservation, California

June 6, 2010
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Pala
Palomar Mountain

San Diego de Alcala - 1769

The iconic campanario (bell wall) at old Mission San Diego was an inspiration for mission revival architecture in the west.

Official site: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

Wikipedia article: Mission San Diego de Alcala

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The campanario or bell wall at Mission San Diego, unofficial symbol of the city and widely copied in the other missions, Mission Valley, San Diego

Mission San Diego, California

June 4, 2010
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