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Borromeo del Rio Carmelo Mission

3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-1271
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Ranked #9 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Just 2min from downtown Carmel is this amazing mission. On Sundays, they took a donation rather then the admission fee ($6.50 per adult). Beautiful architecture. So glad it was preserved. Lots of history and amazing courtyard. Worth a visit and realized there is a lot more to Carmel then just golf and beach.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This small, but historic mission is definitely worth the stop. It'll take less than an hour to see the entire mission and read about its history. The mission doesn't really do justice to the history of the native people who built and worked the mission and who were exploited in the process. In a way, it's a shame that there's... More

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Haleiwa, Hawaii
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

walking around the old mission was very impressive. It was built in 1771 and there are several museums to go through. The gift shop is very nice and full of different kinds of souvenirs to take home. The mission church was lovely.

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Basel, Switzerland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Mission was founded by a Spanish priest - Junipero Serra - as part of the whole catechization missions. Part of me is curious to see the place, the other part deals with the whole catechization aspect and how it disrespects indigenous cultures, but we go inside anyway. Entrance to the buildings costs US$6.50. We went inside - after a... More

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
42 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It's not a grand mission but it's importance historically makes for an interesting tour The gardens and the courtyard give some great photo opportunities The only drawback on our visit was that the courtyard was being prepared for the car concours event the following day so it rather spoiled the view of the courtyard and the opportunity for photos

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Azusa, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I've been to a couple of other missions, and this one wasn't so impressive. It was nice, and worth the visit, but I don't know if it's the most beautiful mission I've ever seen. I guess it's worth the time if you have time to kill...

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Corning, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I remember singing "Silent Night " in this Mission , as a teenager in the Monterey Peninsula Chorus. Most Spiritual , lovely gardens and this place has a lot o history, don't miss it if you are on the Peninsula .

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you only have time to visit one mission in California, this should be the one. Walking into a beautiful garden area, there is a nice overview of the history of the place and the area. The cathedral is quite lovely and peaceful. You are able to view the kitchen, bedroom and living areas. An extensive and tasteful gift shop... More

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Santa Clarita, California, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Every student in California does a mission project And this mission was the favorite of the founder of the mission system He is in fact barrier on the grounds. For 6.50 per adult less for children and seniors you can visit this landmark. Full of history it is a walk into history. Even the pope has visited here.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A unique treasure that is used by the local community for all kinds of events. A well preserved mission with easy access.

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