Mission San Buenaventura Church Interior

Below you should see a rotating panorama of the complete inside of the Mission Church. You should be able to click on the panorama to stop the rotation at any point and then drag the mouse left, right, up, or down to see any specific area. If you have a mouse wheel, it should be […]

Mission San Buenaventura History

In Brief Founded: 31 March 1782 by Saint Junípero Serra Named for: Saint Bonaventure Number in Series: 9th Indian Name: Miscanaga Brand:  Detail 1769: Saint Serra surveys various sites for missions in his trek up California. He selects a site to be dedicated to Saint Bonaventure with the thought of making it the third mission […]

Mission San Buenaventura Garden and Exterior

For reasons lost in history, when I initially wrote about the Ventura Mission I made the tour go backwards. Normally, you would start at the gift shop, go through the Museum into the Garden, and then end in the Church. From there you go back into the garden and through a gate into the street. […]

Santa Paula Asistencia

Some time after the founding of the San Buenaventura Mission the padres made their way up the river to what is now Santa Paula and established an Asistencia at a spot where the Portola expedition had previously stopped and documented. Little is known about this Asistencia and nothing of it is left today. What you […]

MIssion San Buenaventura

Mission San Buenaventura was founded 31 March 1782 (9th in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Bonaventure. The Indian name was Miscanaga. The present church is restored and includes a museum. An Asistencia was established in Santa Paula and a cross placed on a hill over the Mission Church to […]

Mission San Buenaventura Museum

The usual tour for this Mission starts in the gift shop which is located just down the street from the Church itself. The museum for this Mission is in a room off the gift shop. There are many interesting items displayed in this single room. Look carefully; some are fairly well hidden amidst the quantity […]

Serra Cross

On founding the San Buenaventura Mission Saint Serra raised a cross and blessed a patch of land on the beach, south of the present Mission Church. He stayed in the area three weeks before he left for Santa Barbara. After the establishment of the original Mission Church, a large cross was raised on top of […]