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Mission Santa Clara de Asis

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A Real Treasure

You stop at the kiosk on the way in and tell them you want to go to the mission. They'll give you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah M
Reno, Nevada
California Mission Beauty & Peaceful

The Mission Santa Clara is a stunning representation of California adobe architecture and... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Eileen S
Santa Clara, California
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Founded in 1777, this historic mission is located on the campus of Santa Clara University.
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The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
+1 408-554-4023
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 February 2015

This place is remarkable. It is set in the middle of Santa Clara University but is better for it. The mission church is surrounded by some of the original walls which have the most delightful wisteria growing over them. Nearby is the graveyard where many...More

6  Thank FlynnsterSanJose
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

Located right in the middle of Santa Clara University and the 8th of the 21 Spanish Missions in California...however, it was a little disappointing to me because most of the history on the historical site has been rebuilt and remodeled. The only thing authentic about...More

2  Thank Ecilaluvitall
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You stop at the kiosk on the way in and tell them you want to go to the mission. They'll give you a two hour visitor parking pass and direct you where to park. You'll be facing the entrance of the Mission as you pass...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The Mission Santa Clara is a stunning representation of California adobe architecture and hand-painted walls and ceilings lend to a historic gem.

Thank Eileen S
Reviewed 25 September 2018

I can understand why this is #1 thing to do in Santa Clara, because there's not much more to do in this city. We were in town for a football game, so were looking for something to do. First, it's difficult to find by just...More

1  Thank Alicia S
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

The 17th of the 21 California Missions I visited on my Motorcycle Trip was Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The Mission was founded on January 12, 1777 as the 8th Spanish Mission. The Mission is part of the Santa Clara University Campus and is the...More

1  Thank timdI3110WX
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The SCU mission is a must see. Take an hour and walk the University’s beautifully landscaped grounds then check out the Mission. It’s the beautifully maintained centerpiece of SCU’s campus. Pro-tip. Read up a bit on the mission’s history in the Santa Clara valley. There...More

1  Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Mission Santa Clara is one of the California Missions which should not be missed. It is located on the beautiful grounds of the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California. Don't miss the very old and large wisteria vines in the garden as well...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful historic church on the campus of Santa Clara University. Open to public during the day, excellent masses by Jesuit priests on Sunday. The original mission chapel burnt down, but this has been beautifully recreated.

Reviewed 19 June 2018

The 10:00am Mass on Sunday is vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming. It's a gorgeous church, of course, and even though it's not 100 percent the original building, or items, the church still sets a lovely area for prayer and reflection.

Thank marybelle08
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is the 6th Church built near or one this site, this one from the 1920s following a fire. Look for the crosses in front (memorials to slain Catholics in El Salvador) and the memorials to Santa Clara graduates and citizens from World Wars I...More

Thank Omnibarn
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Near the church is a building called the Adobe Lodge which I would recommend aficionados go see: try and guess what part was constructed when? As I kept saying to my friend, "the mission" is only archaeology and has to be dug. I don't think...More

Thank barbgal
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Louann W
10 February 2017|
Response from pattyjc |
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California. It’s within the beautiful University of Santa Clara campus.
Teresa M
9 December 2016|
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Response from Heather L |
The church had a bell tower, and two of three bells were a gifts of the king of Spain! The mission was also richly ornamented with paintings. If you want to know more, go to, Mission Santa Clara De Asia by, Toucan Vally... More
8 April 2016|
Response from Coryn1978 |
Where did mission Santa Clara come from?