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Santa Barbara Courthouse Entrance (2003)

The west entrance of the Santa Barbara Courthouse is a triumphal arch leading to the Sunken Garden courtyard. Carved above the arch is a Spanish translation of a quote from the 1st century BCE Roman polymath Marcus Terentius Varro: Dios nos dio los campos / El arte humana edificó ciudades. An English version is carved in the stonework arch above the adjacent door to the building itself: “God gave us the country. The skill of man hath built the town.”


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