Mission Santa Clara de Asis, Santa Clara

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Mission Santa Clara de Asís is a Spanish mission in the city of Santa Clara, California. The mission, which was the eighth in California, was founded on January 12, 1777 by the Franciscan order. Named for Saint Clare of Assisi, who founded the order of the Poor Clares and was an early companion of St. Francis of Assisi, this was the first California mission to be named in honor of a woman.
It is the namesake of both the city and county of Santa Clara, as well as of Santa Clara University, which was built around the mission. This is the only mission located on the grounds of a university campus. Although ruined and rebuilt six times, the settlement was never abandoned, and today it functions as the university chapel for Santa Clara University.

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  • This was the last of 15/21 Missions we visited over three weeks in California recently. It is a very good example but only the church no mission buildings. I would probably have it a 5 if it hadnt...  more »
  • This Mission is a must see if you are in the area and appreciate historical landmarks. It is located on the beautiful SCU campus and hosts many weddings and events. This is a wonderful place to visit....  more »
  • it's one of CA's missions, and it's one of the nicest. whether you're doing the mission drive or just checking out old churches, this one is worth visiting. walk around the grounds a bit. it's a small, but nice university. there's some interesting aeronautics history near the observatory.
  • We attended a Catholic wedding here. The place is impressively beautiful! The surrounding is clean and well manicured. The -1 🌟 -we had a hard time finding the church. It was at the middle of nowhere, that you need to park in a vicinity 100mts away from it. It took us almost 30minutes driving around the area to dead ends. No complaints. Seeing beauty of the church made us forget the bad experience. 😁
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