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Mission San Buenaventura

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A view of the restored Mission San Buenaventura on a rainy day in December 2004.

Mission San Buenaventura was founded on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782 by Father Junípero Serra, the ninth in the California mission chain. It was named for Saint Bonaventure, and was the last of the missions founded by Father Serra. The Mission is located in Ventura, California.

In 1793 the first church burned down. It took the Indians 16 years to build the new church, which still stands today. In 1893, Father Cyprian Rubio "modernized" the interior of the church, painting over the original artwork. When he finished almost nothing remained of the old church. New priests restored the church to its original style in 1957.

Today all that is left of the Mission is the church and its garden. Services are still held in the parish church. A small museum sits at the Mission with displays of Chumash (Native American tribe) artifacts and mission-period items.


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Mission San Buenaventura circa 1900. Notice the thickness of the chapel side wall and the massive buttresses supporting it.
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