By Deb Flomberg
Continuing in the tradition of Southern Californian missions, the Santa Barbara Mission is a beautiful destination to visit, filled with tons of educational and cultural significance. Founded in 1786, the Santa Barbara Mission was also called the Queen of the Missions, and it has a rich and diverse history surrounding it. With a lot of beautiful areas within the Mission to see, you can get lost in the history and learn all about this amazing cultural landmark.
Make sure to take one of the arranged tours at the Santa Barbara Mission. You can go with the self-guided tour and visit the historic cemetery, the church, the Sacred Garden, and the nine different rooms that make up the Santa Barbara Mission Museum. This tour will last about 20 to 40 minutes, and is a great way to guide yourself and wander through the old halls, learning a lot. Or you can take a Public Tour that is guided by the museum docent, so you can have an extended 90 minute tour including all the stories, anecdotes and legends surrounding these walls.
Mission Santa Barbara also offers a 75-minute tour that specializes on the art and architecture of the building. It is a must for any architecture or art fan, as you can get an amazing look at the historic Mission. It also offers a 90 minute walking tour that will take you through the La Huerta Historic Gardens, which is like a living botanical museum.
You are also able to explore the historic mausoleum at the Mission. You will be amazed at the beauty of this Mission cemetery, the grounds and the columbarium. It was originally built in 1878 and it is the final resting place for 119 friars and 11 Franciscan Sisters. A truly beautiful and haunting tribute to Mission history, and a fascinating spot to visit.
For an educational trip like this, be sure to take your C250 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll want to bring along the family for this one, so you can all enjoy and learn together, and this car is the perfect way to transport you all in comfort and style. You’ll have plenty of room for everyone, and enjoy the elegance that only Mercedes-Benz offers.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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