Want to take a step back in time to a see different side of Silicon Valley? Beyond the beautiful cities and tech companies lies a rich cultural history just waiting to be discovered. One of the best examples of local architectural history can be found at Mission Santa Clara de Asis, a beautiful church dating all the way back to 1777 in nearby Santa Clara. Named after St. Claire of Assisi, an early companion of St. Francis, the mission found its permanent home in 1882.
The mission is open to the public from 8 am to 8 pm every day of the week. They do host special events, so if you plan to visit, you should still call ahead just to double check that they are open. It is always free to visit and everyone is welcome, however, they do not offer guided tours or a gift shop. The mission is conveniently located only 15 minutes from our Mountain View hotel on the campus of Santa Clara University.
As the spiritual center of the university, today the mission is a student chapel and continues to play an integral part of campus life. It is open to the public for mass on Sundays at 10 am and Monday through Friday at 12:05 pm. During the school year, you can attend evening Sunday masses at 6 and 9 pm.