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Borromeo del Rio Carmelo Mission

3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-1271
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Ranked #8 of 28 attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a... more » Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This mission is beautifully restored and the gardens are a treat. There is a school attached, and an enclosed plaza and old graveyard. The whole environment is serene and wonderful to spend time in. It very effectively brings you back in time There are nice modern rest rooms too camouflaged in an old building. The 'museum' isn't very coherent, though... More

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New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I love art and history so of course I loved this place. When I went inside I wondered so much about the people that helped build this place. There were rooms that showed where the priests slept and what kind of garments they wore. I loved all the old painting. I literally felt like I was taken back in time.... More

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My husband and I decided to go by ourselves, we have teenagers who I'm not so sure would have appreciated it, and enjoy this lovely church and it's surroundings. It was well worth the entrance fee. Beautiful flowers, buildings and colours.

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City of Angels
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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I have been meaning to visit this mission for a very long time, but I always become discouraged by the distance from where I've been staying.... Let me tell you, it was worth the 160 mile drive up the coast! The staff was more than friendly, helpful, and welcoming..... They were happy to have me take photos (unlike another local... More

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Scotts Valley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's not by the Ocean as I had thought but still very beautiful. You enter thru the gift store where you need to purchase tour tickets $6.50 for adut $ 2 for children over 7 I think. There was 2 small museum and of course the church itself. I love to see churches so the money spent forme was worth... More

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York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

There was a wedding taking place when we visited so we were not charged admission. Lovely music played by a band in the courtyard. Very colourful flowers. Interesting museum.

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Palm Desert, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The Carmel Mission is the resting place of Father Serra who founded the mission system in California which runs the length of the State. This particular mission is well preserved and definitely worth a visit

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San Francisco, California
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314 reviews 314 reviews
82 attraction reviews
309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I call San Carlos Borromeo Mission (usually simply referred to Carmel Mission) the "most uniquely beautiful" California mission because, while it may not be the most beautiful -- Santa Barbara Mission should probably take than honor -- Carmel Mission is nonetheless singularly beautiful, and at the same time absolutely unique among all the California Missions. Its exterior is largely unchanged... More

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Washington DC
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210 reviews 210 reviews
44 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Carmel Mission is one of the best restored and is in daily use as a part of a lively school. Stunning plantings on both sides of the church. The chapel itself is nicely preserved and decorated, although the roof (quite beautiful) is not of the original design. Apart from the beauty of the place, it is also the burial... More

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Stockholm
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

the museum part is spread across the mission so you won't get a well structured view of the history of the place - more like a series of anecdotes. The surroundings are beautiful so the place seems more like walking through a garden than a museum. You enter the mission through what feels like a merchandize shop for your local... More

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