Old Mission
Founded 1804
Capuchin Franciscan
Santa Inés
Solvang, California
Sacred Heart Sisters
Mission Santa Inés

Artifacts - The Bells

Bells have always played an important role in the life of the Mission, calling early members to prayer or work, marking the time of day, tolling fo

r the deceased, joyfully celebrating the union of marriages, ringing out the traditional Angelus, and noting the end of day. The bells of Santa Inés have rung out across the valley since September 17, 1804. On that day a cross was planted and the bell was suspended from a neighboring oak tree. The first bell site was destroyed by the earthquake of 1812.

During 1814 to 1816, a large adobe wall was constructed to hold two bells. New bells were cast in Lima, Peru, and the formal dedication took place

 on July 4, 1817. The bell wall lasted until 1911 when a huge rainstorm literally melted it. When Father Buckler had it rebuilt the following year, a third bell arch was added.

Today, the Mission museum displays four bells. The 1804 Juan Baptisia bell is the oldest. The Ave Maria Purisima bell (pictured at right) was cast in 1807, and the bell from Lima was cast in 1817. Still hanging in the top arch of the bell wall is the 1818 Lima bell (pictured at left), which was recast in 1953. The 1912 St. Agnes bell was used for the dedication of the new tower that same year. Two new bells were dedicated in 1984. 

Mission Museum and Gift Shop

Open Daily
9:00AM - 5:00PM

Museum Tours
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Museum Admission 
Adults:  $5.00 
Children under 12 - free

Group Tours*
Docent Guided - $6.00 per person over 11 years  
Self Guided - $5.00 per person over 11 years

*Must schedule with Gift shop in advance

Children under 18
must be accompanied 
by an adult