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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 29 attractions in Carmel
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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Dime Box, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Very well kept mission with a variety of attractions - gardens, mission, museum, courtyard, gift shop, etc. Friendly employees, wonderful stop. Two adult tickets were $6.50 each. A good stop nearby would be Carmel by the Sea too.

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Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We just stayed outside and took some pictures. It is beautiful inside and I am sure there is a lot to see inside. We were in a hurry and has to leave.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

On my recent tour of California missions, the long awaited rain started just before we got to San Carlos. I'd been here years ago and loved the cloisters and plants. The recent drought, and the early season meant that lots of plants were dead looking in the cloister, but the area in front of the church was wonderful. Huge echiums... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Our visit to the misson was awesome. Everything about it impressed us. The mission itself was beautiful and so were the grounds. This is a must-see-stop when you are in Carmel.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Having toured the Carmel Misison many times with our children for their "mission" projects it is always a pleasure to just go to the Carmel Mission for a mass. It was a standing room only mass and attended by both visitors as well as parishioners.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Walking thru the mission is like being transported to another era. I love the rustic beauty of this place and the quiet elegance of the church itself. This is a must see while in Carmel!

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Carmel, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A Must see while in Carmel. The mission is a local favorite and not to be missed. The architecture is spectacular as well as the grounds. Simply beautiful.

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South Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Dating back to 1770, this mission was Father Junipero Sera headquarters California missions. The basilica and various museum components of the mission depict life in very early Spanish California. It's a great historic and religious site. Absolutely worth a visit, and the docents explain all the details.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Besides being one of the great 21 California Missions, they also operate an on site Catholic elementary school. Great mission,great grounds and it was considered so nice that Father Junipero Serra, the mission man himself,chose to be buried there. I want to add another comment about a Carmel Business: Carmel Shell gas station. These folks deserve to be mentioned because... More

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Miami, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I went on a Sunday. Normally it's a $7 per person fee to enter except on Sundays. They only ask that you consider giving a donation on Sundays. It's a lovely mission and I recommend it.

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