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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

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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486 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We preferred our self guided visit to El Presidio over our visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara. There were more informative plaques on display which helped us better understand the region's history. A visit to both Old Mission Santa Barbara and El Presidio is recommended. It was inspiring to see that volunteers are working to restore El Presidio for future... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

The heart of the Spanish conquest, the reconstruction of the buildings and the chapel are evocative. I like the suggestion of the walls that cross Santa Barbara Street to the other side reminding you of the many changes that have occurred since the Native American Chumash managed this territory.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

El Presidio Real is a former military installation in Santa Barbara built by the Spanish in 1782 and of which only two buildings survive to date. The large building houses a beautiful chapel. You can self guide around these sites from the outside. It's hard to imagine what the Presidio looked like in it's glory day as most of the... More 

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Riverton
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Presidio was an interesting stop on our walk around Santa Barbara. The structures are in good repair and along with the self guided tour give you a good sense of the history of the area.

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