Last month we had the chance to visit the San Buenaventua Mission in Ventura, California. Around 1 hour drive north from Los Angeles.
This is one of the 21 religious outposts that The Spanish built in California. California Missions; established by Catholic priests of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833, to expand Christianity among the Native Americans northwards into what is today the U.S. state of California.
The Ventura Mission is excepcionally beautiful and charming. A small chapel preceded the first church that was destroyed by fire in 1793. The second church was dedicated in 1809, and reconstructed in 1816 after an earthquake. The church is made of adobe with walls that are six foot thick near the base. The church had to be restored after it was "modernized" in 1893. Restoration was completed in 1957.
We completed the day sitting at an outdoor patio with a strawberry lemonade :)