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#8, Santa Clara de Asis

Founded January 12, 1777
by Father Junipero Serra.
Santa Clara.

Personal Observations

On our first visit, another couple said that they were looking for another building that they heard about but couldn't find. The University web site does include a map, but the emphasis is on the active University buildings, not mission ruins. My e-mails requesting more information were not answered. We visited Mission Santa Clara four times in 2003 and 2004 and don't know if there is any more to see. If there is more to see, please someone let me know.

More pending.

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History

Mission Santa Clara de Asis was founded January 12, 1777 by Father Junipero Serra and eventualy grew into Santa Clara College, the first University in California.

The mission is now within the Santa Clara College campus. Little of the original mission survives. As you enter the campus on the east through the main gate on The Alameda, Highway 82, notice the cross to the right. Pass the information booth and you will see the final mission church ahead. Turn right at the first small street and right again into the parking lot where parking is free on the weekend. Walk back to the cross by the entrance. Laid out in stone on the ground is the outline of an earlier church. The outline actually extends beyond into a bordering cul-de-sack. Then walk back to the final church. This final church is one of the largest mission churches surviving and still in daily use. To the south (left) you will find some garden areas and the partially intact remains of a wall and colonnade. Follow this to the last remaining adobe structure that I could find, besides the church.

Address and Directions

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Mission Santa Clara de Asis is located on the Santa Clara University campus.

Mission Santa Clara is just west of the San Jose Airport. (Mission San Jose is some distance north of San Jose in Fremont.)

Map
Map.

Southbound on U.S. 101: Exit Tomas Expressway G4. Turn right and proceed south to El Camino Real and turn left onto El Camino Real (about 1.5 miles). Follow about a mile and follow curve to right. Right turn into Santa Clara Campus.
Southbound on U.S. 101 alternate: Follow 101 past airport and take Interstate 880 south and follow past southern end of airport. Exit Alameda (Highway 82) and turn right (north on Alameda). Follow S curve to right and laft turn into campus.
Northbound on U.S. 101: Take Interstate 880 south and follow past southern end of airport. Exit Alameda (Highway 82) and turn right (north on Alameda). Follow S curve to right and laft turn into campus.
I prefere the 880 option.

Photography Gallery

Santa Clara
Front exterior of chapel. This is the sixth church built for Mission Santa Clara de Asis and sits on the the fifth site on which this mission built a church. 3-9-03.
Church Interior
Chapel interior. 3-9-03.
Entrance to Santa Clara University
Entrance to Santa Clara University. Photo date: 12-26-03.
Church
Front and center. Obviously the University is proud of its mission church. 11-29-03.
Church
Church. 11-29-03.
Church
Church. 11-29-03.
Santa Clara
Bell tower. 3-9-03. Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04 Photo date: 5-31-04
Santa Clara - El Camino Real Bell
These mission bells can be found in many locations along the El Camino Real. 11-29-03.
Garden Entry
Entry to the garden. 11-29-03.
Opening
Left of church. 11-29-03.
Santa Clara
Shrine. 3-9-03.
Santa Clara
Surviving outer wall from 1822 mission. The area to the right was the site of the mission garden. 3-9-03.
Santa Clara
Surviving wall. One of only two remainig structure from 1822 mission. 3-9-03.

This cross at the entrance to the university marks the location of the third church. The original location has been marked with pavers. One corner extends into an adjacent street.

Cross at Entrance
Photo date: 11-29-03.
Site of Earlier Church
Photo date: 12-26-03.

Site of Earlier Church
These pavers mark the location of the third church which was built in 1731 and destroyed in 1818. Photo date: 12-26-03.
Site of Earlier Church
In the lawn, are pavers to mark locations of other mission buildings. Photo date: 12-26-03.
Site of Earlier Church
Photo date: 12-26-03.
Site of Earlier Church
Photo date: 12-26-03.












































New images from May 2010.

These steps lead to the Student Chapel which was lost in the fire of 1926????






This intersection is believed to be near the first site for the Mission. This author was unable to find the marker reported to be located here.

Kenna Hall was built on the fourth Mission site.



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