El Presidio Real de Santa Bárbara, also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara, is a former military installation in Santa Barbara, California, United States. The presidio was built by Spain in 1782, with the mission of defending the Second Military District in California. In modern times, the Presidio serves as a significant tourist attraction, museum and an active archaeological site as part of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.
The park contains an original adobe structure called El Cuartel, which is the second oldest surviving building in California, only the chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano, known as "Father Junípero Serra's Church", is older. The Presidio of Santa Barbara has the distinction of being the last military outpost built by Spain in the New World. The Presidio became a California Historical Landmark in 1958 and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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Brent Rose | Mar 4, 2018
Neat part of CA history, they did a good job of preservation and restoration for part of the Presidio, but too bad allowed development to destroy most of it, could have been a great tourist draw like old town in San Diego, but now even hard to find. Liked the self guided tour with lots of informative posters and plaques. Also liked how they preserved the outlines of the old walls in the streets so could get a better idea of what the original was like.
Carbo Kuo | Mar 11, 2018
The historical fort of Spanish Empire. The colonization was assured by both the friars and the solders. There are several buildings outside of the paid area too. Worth a visit.
charlie lindberg | May 26, 2018
Lots of California history here, well thought out renovation.
Jessica Chan | Jan 19, 2018
Came here an hour before it closed, on a rainy day. They were closing early because of the rain, but the lady who worked there was really kind and told us about the story of the buildings and settlement of different ethnic groups. I think they charge an entrance fee.
Rodrigo Schulz | Aug 9, 2017
Extremely overrated. The place is nice and ok to spend good 10 minutes, but they try to sell it like it's THE tourist attraction...is not.
RogerGio | Jul 16, 2018
Un lugar historico en el centro de santa Barbara, la entrada es gratuita. Puedes observar la iglesia y el tipo de construcción que tenian los Españoles y mexicanos antepasados en la zona.
nelida rm | Jun 17, 2018
It is a wonderful place, but the hends in the back garden have not had water or food recently, sad.
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