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Address: State Route 79, Santa Ysabel, Julian, CA 92036
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+1 760-765-0810

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A quiet, simple, beautiful mission

We had attempted to visit the mission on a previous trip but were unable due to the fact that it closes at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. on weekends. This trip, we planned a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
travelingrandma91355
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had attempted to visit the mission on a previous trip but were unable due to the fact that it closes at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 4:00 p.m. on weekends. This trip, we planned a little better and were able to enter the church and enjoy its simple beauty. It has lovely stained glass windows and a peaceful atmosphere.... More 

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San Diego, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

A very interesting Native American museum with unusual collections. Very few people visit so it is very personal.

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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Nice quiet time for inner reflcetions. Peaceful setting in a quaint little chapel, No one else was around that we could see so very quiet time.

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Borrego Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We live in the desert not far from Santa Ysabel and have driven by this little mission many times without stopping to explore it. The area is peacefully rural with rolling hillsides dotted with cattle. The nearby village of Santa Ysabel is home to the locally famous Dudley's Bakery and a Julian Pie Company bakery and shop. There are also... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited the lovely chapel. Clean restrooms and picnic tables. The free, one room museum really needs a good clean up though

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Thank Chantal M
Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The small museum is fascinating, with pictures and accounts from the early days of the mission in the 19th century which brings the time to life. Atmospheric place, just outside Santa Ysabel centre on the Anza road. Free entry.

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Thank EJGulland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We didn't spend more than 30 minutes at the property, but it was a great stop to stretch our legs and get a little history in. Quaint little chapel and museum, totally worth stopping in if you are on a trip through the area.

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Salt Lake City
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Sta Ysabel mission was established in 1818 but none remains but the little 1926 chapel; also a grotto to the Virgin. For those of us who love California and/or religious history this may be worth a stop. i'm glad we took a look inside the chapel. the museum and the office both said 'open' however, and neither was. Getting here... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

The Santa Ysabel Mission is on the way to Julian if you take the 79. It is small and quiet but worth the stop. It was built it 1818, and the simple design of the church is preserved though there might be renovations through the years. On the side of the church, there's a small museum (one room only), documenting... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

Santa Ysabel (St. Isabel) is an 'asistencia'' of Mission San Diego,de Alcala, (first mission of Alta California, founded 1769). Temporary building erected in 1818, permanent chapel by 1822. Due to its remoteness, not visited often after the 1830s, and toward the end of this decade the church roof had collapsed and Mass was being infrequently celebrated in a 'Ramada' (open... More 

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