By Deb Flomberg
Take some time to appreciate the history and culture of the great state of California. There is a large number of Spanish missions in the area, and most of them are more than 200 years old, making them truly remarkable buildings to visit, for both the historic and cultural significance. The Mission San Buenaventura is the ninth Spanish mission established in California, dating to 1782, and though the original church burned down in 1793, it was eventually rebuilt some 16 years later.
The Mission San Buenaventura holds many different historic landmark statuses, including the National Register of Historic Places and as a California historic landmark. You can tour the Mission San Buenaventura via a docent-led tour by reservation or on a self-guided tour just about any day of the week. The best way to tour the mission is on one of the pre-arranged family tours, where an expert docent will guide you through the mission history, explaining the art and architecture of the building as well as give you a glimpse into mission life.
As you tour the grounds, you’ll notice that the only thing that remains of the original Mission is the church and its garden, and a small museum located within displays Chumash Indian artifacts and other mission items. It is still a fully functional church as well, as more than 2000 families attend the services held in the church. It’s really a beautiful testament to the strength of these ornate old missions that are scattered throughout the Southern California area.
As you embark on your chance to learn all about Southern Californian missions, be sure to drive there in the right car. Take your CLS550 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. The mission is located about an hour northwest of Los Angeles, so you’ll be able to enjoy your drive in absolute comfort and luxury. Once you’ve toured the mission, you’ll be happy to get back into your Mercedes-Benz, grateful for a truly luxurious ride home.
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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