Santa Clara de Asis

Nestled in the heart of California’s first University, the Santa Clara University is the historic and splendid Santa Clara di Asis, the 8th of 21 Franciscan Missions established by Padre Junipero Serra.

Home to California’s first university

The historic Santa Clara de Asis was founded on 12th January 1777. The original log mission was relocated and reconstructed five times until the current monument was built in 1822. This mission is also credited with spurring the growth of California’s first University, the famed Santa Clara University in 1851.

Beautiful exteriors and ornate interiors

This remarkable parish church also serves as a university chapel. Set in tranquil grounds that echo the spiritual significance of this monument, the church continues to ring its bells every evening in honour of a promise made to King Charles III of Spain who sent the bells as a gift to the mission. The interior of the church is exceptionally beautiful and visitors usually leave amazed by its grand allure.

In spring, the 140-year-old Wisteria Arbor and the gardens are in full bloom and make for a delightful visit.

Handy Tips

  • Please remember that this is a working church. We recommend that you call before planning a visit – just so you don’t land uninvited at a wedding ceremony.
  • If you do happen to visit when an event is happening, you can always walk through the gardens and the grounds until the chapel is free.