This was the 10th mission in California to be established by Spanish Franciscans and it's an active parish today.
Built in 1786, Mission Santa Barbara, known as the "Queen of the Missions," is still the destination for many local and visiting church-goers. It was founded in 1786 by Spanish Franciscan friars who aimed to Christianize the Chumash Indians. The striking twin-towered structure is still used by the Franciscan order that founded it. African, Asian, Native Indian, Mexican and Spanish influences are visible throughout from the architecture to the works of art displayed. Self-guided tours can be taken daily between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
To really experience Santa Barbara's "Riviera" ambience, drive along winding, scenic Alameda Padre Serra Road near the mission.