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Mission San Buenaventura

Ventura, CA
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Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura California

Description

The area around the mission is the most beautiful part of Ventura. The mission stands, pristine, with its striped top, beside an Australian pine that reaches high to the sky. It backs the blue-green eucalyptus-covered mountains. In front of the mission is a blue-tiled fountain with a long tiled rivulet that leads to another fountain. A lovely deep-hued mural of the Chinese workers that inhabited this area is adorned with matching blue tile. A little rose garden with some varieties hundreds of years old completes the square (see the couple kissing in the rose garden in the photo above). Looking further south, one sees more historical homes and all the way down to the sea.
Across the street from the mission is a hilly park with tall, wonderful old trees. There are some homeless people in this park.
Inside the mission gates is a colorful garden full of flowers and tropical trees. A white statue of Mary sits peacefully in a "cave" surrounded by candles and flower arrangements. A statue of Father Junipero Serra, who founded all of California's missions, also stands in the garden. There are plenty of pretty ironwork benches where you can sit in the gentle breeze and enjoy a few minutes of serenity.
Inside the mission chapel is narrow and gorgeous, in Spanish style.
Ventura has some horrible winds that whip through the valley most days, but this area is a little sheltered, which makes it a nice place to spend some time.
If you walk two blocks along Main Street you will come to the main strip of Downtown Ventura. Grab an icecream cone or sit down for a great meal in one of the many ethnic restaurants.
Each mission is a little different and some people make a tour out of seeing them all! Santa Barbara Mission has a stunning location with views of the sea. Views from the rose garden are heaven. La Purisma Mission is a wonderful pink color and each room is set up like it would have been when it was a working mission- it's a magical place. Carmel Mission has the most wonderful flowers in  both gardens. Mission Santa Ines is a yellow mission amongst the Solvang countryside.

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Photo Gallery

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Tree in the huge park by the mission.
Tree in the huge park by the mission.
The huge sloping park by the mission- a hangout for homeless, unfortunately.
The huge sloping park by the mission- a hangout for homeless, unfortunately.
The mission is backed by mountains and surrounded by trees.
The mission is backed by mountains and surrounded by trees.
The Spanish fountain in Figueroa Square in front of the mission.
The Spanish fountain in Figueroa Square in front of the mission.
A tiled stream of water leads down far to another fountain...
A tiled stream of water leads down far to another fountain...
The stream of water...Notice the gorgeous pines against a sunny sky. What a beautiful place!
The stream of water...Notice the gorgeous pines against a sunny sky. What a beautiful place!
The second fountain, which is fed by the first!
The second fountain, which is fed by the first!
The attractive mural of the Chinese workers who lived in this area and worked Ventura's agricultural fields.
The attractive mural of the Chinese workers who lived in this area and worked Ventura's agricultural fields.
Ventura has some great architecture! Here is Figueroa Street, the end of Figueroa Square.
Ventura has some great architecture! Here is Figueroa Street, the end of Figueroa Square.
In the mission's inner courtyard there are gorgeous gardens.
In the mission's inner courtyard there are gorgeous gardens.
Tropical trees and flowers in the mission's gardens.
Tropical trees and flowers in the mission's gardens.
Vibrant colors in the mission gardens.
Vibrant colors in the mission gardens.
Cute tavern at Figueroa Street Mall, the pedestrian area that leads to the mission.
Cute tavern at Figueroa Street Mall, the pedestrian area that leads to the mission.
Lovely blue-tiled fountain, with the mission in the background.
Lovely blue-tiled fountain, with the mission in the background.
Grotto of Mary in the mission garden.
Grotto of Mary in the mission garden.

Directions

211 E. Main Street, Ventura CA 93001.
Exit Highway 101 northbound at California Ave, and turn left on Main Street. Exit the 101 Freeway southbound at Main Street. You can park along Main Street.
Open Mon-Fri, 10-5, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Closed on holidays. Call (805) 643-4318.

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Last Updated Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:08:43 GMT