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Continuing a Franciscan Tradition of Care and Reverence

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity at One of Our Nation's Most Treasured Historic Landmarks

In the spirit of Franciscan hospitality, we invite you to:

  • Explore our cemetery grounds and environment and learn of its important history not only to Santa Barbara but to California, Mexico, Spain, and beyond.
  • Discover the beauty and sacred atmosphere of our recently restored and renovated mausoleum, which now includes a new columbarium for the inurnment of cremated remains.
  • Learn of the Franciscans’ continuing ministry to the dead, their families and friends, and the support services available through The Historic Mausoleum.

Surrounded by 200-year-old sandstone walls, The Historic Mausoleum is situated in the center of the cemetery at Old Mission Santa Barbara.  Since 1893, this simple structure has served as a final resting place for Franciscan friars and a number of prominent citizens who were part of the early history of Santa Barbara.  An extensive restoration of the building was completed in 2011, which included the addition of a columbarium with niche spaces for inurnments of cremated remains.  Clad in beautiful, elegant marble and surrounded by handcrafted details from local artisans, these niches are now available to all people of faith and good will.  Our goal is to reconnect the community to our living cemetery and its grand history.

The columbarium supports and nurtures the Corporal Works of Mercy through appropriate inurnment, respect, reverence, dignity, and hope found within the Franciscans, who have made this space available to all.  It brings together parishioners, family and friends, and people throughout this wonderful community and beyond.

Niches (double occupancy) starting at $6,500

Memorial plaques at $1,000 on our new St. Francis and St. Clare Memorial Walls

One-year & two-year interest-free payment options

Friends and Family discount

To find out more about the mausoleum or to make pre-need or immediate-need arrangements,

please contact Jason Womack, Director of Cemetery Operations, (805) 569-5483 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Peace and All Good