Reliquaries at Mission Santa Bárbara

A reliquary is a container for relics. Relics can be many things: First Class: Actual bones or things closely associated with holy people. Second Class: Garments or things holy people wore or used. Third Class: Anything touched to by a first or second class relic. Relics are like statues; they are items that are designed […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Museum Page 1

You enter the museum from the gift shop. The first room (#1 on the map) contains a discussion of the Chumash Indians and their culture on the Central Coast (see the MissionTour Chumash page for a discussion of this topic). Room #2 on the tour contains a description of the building process for the Mission […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Cemetery

You enter the cemetery through the side door of the church. As you exit the church be certain to turn around and look back at the door… Picture taken 11:15am 5 Jul 2001 No, it’s not a pirate symbol. The skull and crossbones was often used to designate a cemetery in Spanish colonial days. The […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Museum Page 2

Continuing through the museum we come to room #5. Here you’ll find displays and examples about various mission trades. Skills taught during the mission period included (but are not limited to) candlemaking, pottery, weaving, and ironwork. Shown here is an artist’s piece. Picture taken 10:25am 5 Jul 2001 Room #6 is dedicated to Bishop Francisco […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Aqueduct

If you looked at the map page you noticed that this Mission had an extensive waterworks and aqueduct system. Portions of that are still used by the city of Santa Barbara but, for the purposes of just touring around the area of the Mission, take a left U-turn as you exit the cemetery and about […]

Mission Santa Bárbara History

History In Brief Founded: 4 December 1786 by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén Named for: Saint Barbara Number in Series: 10th Indian Name: Taynayan Brand:  Detail The Past: Chumash Indians generally settled the area from where Malibu is today to the northern edge of today’s Santa Barbara county (the Santa Maria River). In addition to hunting, […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Sacred Garden

Exiting the museum you find yourself in the Sacred Garden. It was originally used as an instructional area for Indians learning trades. It became a meditation garden. Today it accommodates tours as well as being a beautiful area the surrounding offices and classrooms can look out on. This panorama gives you some idea of the […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Map

Two maps are available. The first is a general map of the Mission at its peak. This map was constructed from a display in the Mission museum. The water system is outlined in blue, the cemetery in green, and the church is the solid black object in the center of the map. The second map […]

Mission Santa Bárbara

Picture taken 10:00am 5 Jul 2001 Mission Santa Bárbara was founded 4 December 1786 (10th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for Saint Barbara and carries the nickname “Queen of the Missions” for its beautiful exterior (the Indian name was Taynayan). It is the only mission with two towers. […]

Mission Santa Bárbara Front

We’ll start our tour at the front of the Mission. Coming out of the parking lot you first encounter the moorish fountain. It was built in 1808 as part of the water system. From the fountain the water flowed into the Lavanderia, a place where the Indian women came to wash clothes. Picture taken 10:00am […]