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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

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Address: 123 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2215
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Come to view the sanctuary; stay to peak into history

The Presidio provided an interesting glimpse into the history of the Spanish colonization of the Santa Barbara area in particular and of California in general. The best part of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history then this is worth a visit. It doesn't seem to be very popular which can work to your advantage.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get some great photos and views from here. Beautiful building, and not far from the Orange Tree Inn

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Lachen, Schweiz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A rather small and mediocre exhibition (being currently under refurbishment). OK, if you need to kill an hour but not too informative and exciting.

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Home Usa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Church is beautiful and El Presidio is just a bit more detail in the history of Spanish occupation of the area. Largely reconstruction and not all of it great, but there are some original building parts. A visit here adds more texture to learning the area history and is best done in conjunction with visiting the mission.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Presidio provided an interesting glimpse into the history of the Spanish colonization of the Santa Barbara area in particular and of California in general. The best part of the site has to the stunning church sanctuary. The displays and other structures were interesting. The church was captivating.

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Well preserved Santa Barbara historical site. Part of downtown. Easy to find. Quick to enjoy . It was once almost surrounded by what once was Santa Barbara' historic Chinatown section . Remnants of Chinatown can still be seen.

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Kelowna
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Just off State Street, a fun and interesting city block. Great wine tasting and restaurants. Beautiful architecture.

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The presidio of Santa Barbara is something you might want to see if you are a passionate history buff. It's mostly a reconstruction of a small garrison that existed on the fringes of the Spanish empire. A few rooms of the original survive, more or less unaltered. Rdally it's a monument to civic pride and an aspiration to connect with... More 

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Culver City, California
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

I love this place. It really gives you a feel for what it was like to live in Santa Barbara way back when. Super informative and beautiful buildings and outdoor areas.

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

An eye opener to the historical sites in Santa Barbara. It is located not far from State Street. It is the site of the last Spanish fortress. I found the place well taken care of. Some parts are not original bu has historic resources!

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