The Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1786, is one of Santa Barbara's most gorgeous landmarks.

Mission bells have rung for over 200 years. The Chumash were the area's earliest inhabitants thousands of years ago.

Sebastián Vizcaino named the town for a third-century Christian martyr in 1602.

In the 18th century, Spanish colonisers erected "El Presidio" alongside the Chumash to safeguard the California coast.

The neighbouring mission set a Spanish architectural style that persists today.

When a 1925 earthquake nearly destroyed the mission and much of the city, local visionaries ensured Santa Barbara would rebuild in the same style.

The seaside treasure became known as "Hollywood to the North"

Charlie Chaplin constructed Flying "A" Studios, California's first major movie studio, here.

This once-sleepy seaside hamlet became a popular destination for sun-seekers.

Julia Child grew up and spent her retirement years on these beaches.

Santa Barbara is the "American Riviera" with its outdoor lifestyle, great seafood, and magnificent residences.

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