Santa Inés


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Founded: September 17, 1804

Founder: Father Estevan Tapis

Status: Active Catholic Church

Indian tribes native to surrounding area: Chumsah and Tulares

Location: 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

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Santa Inés

Like many of the later missions, Santa Inés quickly became successful and prosperous. At times, the mission hosted three priests.

An earthquake in December, 1812, destroyed the church and most of the mission buildings. Reconstruction began immediately. The current church was completed in 1817.

The mission companario (bell wall) collapsed several times, 1911
being the last. Fr. Buckler (who served at the mission from 1904 to 1920) had the companario restored shortly after 1911. Unfortunately, the workman made an unauthorized change, and introduced a fourth bell.

A restoration in 1947 restored the bell wall to its proper 3-bell configuration.

Key Events

1804 – Mission founded.

1812 – Earthquake destroys the church and most of the mission buildings.

1824 – The largest Indian uprising in mission history began when a soldier beat a neophyte.

1834 – Mission secularized.

1862 – Returned to Catholic Church.

Visiting the Santa Inés Mission

Visitors today will see the church and convento buildings, beautiful gardens, archeological digs, and an extensive collection of mission art and architecture. The museum features bells from 1804, 1808, and 1818, as well as an extensive collection of church vestments, including vestments worn by Junipero Serra.

The view to the east includes the ruins of the mission reservoir system, built in 1820-21, and a largely unspoiled landscape.

 

Mission cemetary. Photo by TDRSS.
Mission cemetery. Photo by TDRSS.
Remains of a lavenderia, for washing and bathing. Photo by TDRSS.
Remains of a lavenderia, for washing and bathing. Photo by TDRSS.
Grape arbor at the mission.  Photo by TDRSS.
Grape arbor at the mission. Photo by TDRSS.