Santa Cruz Mission, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mission, Santa Cruz (must see)

Mission Santa Cruz was a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in present-day Santa Cruz. The mission was founded in 1791 and named for the feast of the Exultation of the Cross, the name that the explorer Gaspar de Portolà gave to the area when he camped on the banks of the San Lorenzo River on October 17, 1769, and erected a wooden cross. As with the other California missions, Mission Santa Cruz served as a site for ecclesiastical conversion of natives, first the Ohlone, the original inhabitants of the region, and later the Yokuts from the east. The settlement was the site of the first autopsy in Alta California.

The current Holy Cross Church was built on the site of the original mission church in 1889, and it remains an active parish of the Diocese of Monterey. A half-size replica of the original mission church was built near the mission site in the 1930s and functions as a chapel of Holy Cross Church. Today's Plaza Park occupies the same location as the original plaza, at the center of the former Mission complex. The complex at one time included as many as 32 buildings. The only surviving mission building, a dormitory for native acolytes, has been restored to its original appearance and functions as a museum of the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.
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Santa Cruz Mission on Map

Sight Name: Santa Cruz Mission
Sight Location: Santa Cruz, USA (See walking tours in Santa Cruz)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Santa Cruz, California

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santa Cruz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Santa Cruz Introduction Walking Tour

Santa Cruz Introduction Walking Tour

Owing to its coastal location in Central California, Santa Cruz is largely regarded as the birthplace of U.S. surfing. Other than that, the city's main attraction is a long wharf stretching far into Monterey Bay, packed with eateries and shops. Those in favor of vintage entertainment will find it in plenty at the nearby Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, featuring the 1911 Looff Carousel and the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Specialty Shops Walk

Specialty Shops Walk

Santa Cruz is home to an appealing variety of gifts, antiques and specialty shops. Stroll through Santa Cruz’s best shops on your own or check your favorite Santa Cruz store on this tour. Downtown Santa Cruz has the key to the best shopping experience, with over 200 original stores and shops. It's all here, don't miss it.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Capitola District Walking Tour

Capitola District Walking Tour

Capitola is an intimate beach village situated Santa Cruz County on the Monterey Bay, and is home to different interesting galleries, restaurants, museums and specialty shops. Located an hour from San Francisco, Capitola is full of great traditions and interesting history. It is the perfect place where Begonia Festival fascinates tourists every weekend, along with live music and sand castle...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Beach Walking Tour

Beach Walking Tour

Santa Cruz is home to many beautiful and unique beaches. You will find the major part of the tourists and locals on the sunny beaches, some are surfing, some are enjoying an ice-cream on the Boardwalk, everybody has fun here. Take this amazing tour to discover the best attractions along the beaches of Santa Cruz.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

Before you set out on your trip to Santa Cruz, the following are top museums worth visiting. These museums tell their stories through photographs, history, art, surfboards and other related items. Take this tour to discover the natural history and best museums in this city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Santa Cruz is the biggest city of Santa Cruz County, California. Santa Cruz has a lot of beautiful churches and religious centers. Even though Orthodox and Catholic churches predominate, there are also Moslem, Jewish and Buddhist communities. Take this tour to learn about the most famous religious buildings and get a sense of the spiritual life of Santa Cruz.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles