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Address: 1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2099
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+1 805-568-2220
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Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style,...

Designed by William Mooser III in the Spanish-Moorish architectural style, this working courthouse is surrounded by landscaped gardens and lawns.

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Beautiful architecture. See view from the clock tower

Worth a visit. This courthouse has beautiful architecture somewhat reminiscent of Seville in Andalusia, Spain. Beautiful facades surrounded by lovely and peaceful gardens: wished... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Worth a visit. This courthouse has beautiful architecture somewhat reminiscent of Seville in Andalusia, Spain. Beautiful facades surrounded by lovely and peaceful gardens: wished we had our camera. The courthouse was closed on Christmas Day when we visited, but apparently the view from the clock tower is gorgeous.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you want to get a taste of classic Santa Barbara Architecture, this is the first place to visit! From the architecture, to the gardens, to the view from the clocktower, this is a must see.

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I toured the court house as part of a restaurant walking tour. The view from the top is beautiful...much history and beautiful wall paintings are worth the visit.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is one of the most photographed buildings in America so if you are in town be sure to stop by and see why. It's free to take a docent tour and take in the views of the American Riviera from the tower. If your lucky you might get invited to attend an event there. They throw an annual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While there are plenty of services offered from processing passports to legal document searches, it's easy to get lost in the adventure of taking priceless and interesting photographs if you're a photographer. The view at the top of the courthouse is a must see (but I don't think it's handicapped accessible)

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The top of the court house gives a great view of the whole town and the channel Islands. You get a good overall view of the Spanish flavor of the whole town. For one who loves talavera, there is lots of it throughout the lower floors and the murals are worth the time spent perusing. Certainly wish Austin could grow... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a delightful surprise! We expected just to walk up to the top of the tower and look at the views but were pleasantly surprised by the vibrancy of real life going on!! Weddings queuing up, to include a fine young man (@ 7 y/o) welcoming guests into the beautiful and majestically appointed historic courthouse....but respectful tourists were still... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unmissable piece of local history! Visit the murals in the courthouse they are magnificent and then go to- the top to see the vuew- over the town . All free!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool 1920's Spanish-inspired architecture with lots of Mexican tile walls and floors. Santa Barbara history and spectacular views from the top of the tower. Great shopping nearby on State Street. If this is your first visit to Santa Barbara, it's a great way to start.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see if you are looking interested in OLD California history, also you have to climb to the top of the bell tower for the best views in town.

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