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[photo] Mission San Buenaventura and the Mission Compound Site
Photo courtesy of Mission San Buenaventura: John Elk, III, photographer

Mission San Buenaventura and the Mission Compound Site illustrate the historical development of San Buenaventura. Archeological investigation has produced artifacts associated with the Chumash Indians that date back several thousand years. Construction of the Mission, the 9th in the mission chain, and its compound began in 1782. After secularization, the mission lands were granted to Jose Arnaz in 1846. The district includes the existing mission buildings, settling tank, holding reservoir, fragments of the aqueduct, and the foundations of numerous mission-period outbuildings. The present Mission church, dedicated in 1809, is stark in decorative detail and bold in massing.

The Mission San Buenaventura and the Mission Compound Site is located at 211 East Main St., Ventura, bounded by Poli, Palm and Santa Clara sts. and Ventura Ave. The Mission Church is an active Catholic parish. The mission museum is open Monday-Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm. For more information visit the mission's website or call 805-643-4318.


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