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which mission?

We only have time for one --La Purisima or Santa Barbara?

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1. Re: which mission?

La Purisima--with the natural landscape and restorations, it gives you a real feeling of what the active missions were like. Santa Barbara of course is surrounded by the city. However, its at least worth a drive by if you're in the city.

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If you are short on time, visit the Santa Barbara Mission. It's the "Queen of the Missions" and is still home to a community of Franciscan friars.

La Purisima is further out of your way if traveling Hwy 101 and is a re-constructed mission that is owned by the state of California. It's a fantastic place to visit if you can spare a few hours but it's not an original mission like Santa Barbara is.

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3. Re: which mission?

I too would prefer a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission. The city itself is worth a visit and an overnight stay if possible.

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4. Re: which mission?

I would vote for Santa Barbara as it is grander and more interesting.

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5. Re: which mission?

<<it's not an original mission like Santa Barbara is.>>

All of the Missions have been reconstructed as the Mexican government and then US government didn't maintain them and allowed to the adobe to erode. The first rebuilding efforts were begun (I believe) in the 1950s.

I think the answer depends on how you like your Missions :)

Santa Barbara is in a lovely spot and the Mission is beautiful. But it is surrounded by the town. La Purisima is in a more remote location so you get more of a feel for what Mission life was like. (It is one of three run by the State of California ... the rest are still used as churches.)

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6. Re: which mission?

***I would vote for Santa Barbara as it is grander and more interesting.***


To me, La Purisma is underwhelming. If you're in the area and want to stretch your legs, walk around in dirt and use your imagination then it's fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.

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