El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

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El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park information

Santa Barbara , USA
123 E Cañon Perdido St
+1 805 965 0093
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adult/child under 17yr $5/free
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Founded in 1782 to defend the mission, this adobe-walled fort built by Chumash laborers was Spain's last military stronghold in Alta California. But its purpose wasn’t solely to protect – the presidio also served as a social and political hub, and as a stopping point for traveling Spanish military. Today this small urban park harbors some of the city’s oldest structures. On a self-guided walking tour, be sure to stop at the chapel, its interior radiant with rich hues.

Admission also includes entry to nearby Casa de La Guerra , a 19th-century colonial adobe home displaying Spanish, Mexican and California heritage exhibits.