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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831-624-1271
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Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in...
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.
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Such a beautiful place. When I had a chance to go there was a wedding going on. The oldest Indian is buried there also. A must see for many mission lover.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Turlock, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful place. When I had a chance to go there was a wedding going on. The oldest Indian is buried there also. A must see for many mission lover.

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Fremont, California
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1,148 helpful votes 1,148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission was headed by Father Junipero Serra mission from 1770 till he died in 1784. The grounds, museum, and visitor center are beautiful to see. I stopped to see it when in Carmel. The Carmel Mission is open to the public on Monday through Saturday. There is a small admission charge. It is also a... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A total (re)treat in a wonderful unspoiled setting. Resting place of the soon to be canonized Fransiscan priest Junipero Serra. Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch is five minutes away

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Vermilion, Canada
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205 reviews 205 reviews
110 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Adults $6.50, seniors $4.00. We saw the museum, shop, church, lot of old icons, lots of cacti and plants. It was fairly well laid out, although, we ended up backtracking a bit a couple of times. The church was gorgeous, especially with all the poinsettias around it. It was not too crowded, so we got to take our time and... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It will be recommended to spend an hour in this place to understand how California was governed by the spaniers colonos thru the implementation a their believes. It was the purpose of this Missions strategically located in California and the reasons why miost places have names in Spanish like: Santa Cruz, Monterrey, Carmel, san Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and... More 

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San Bernardino, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I love the missions; have since I was a little girl. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the opportunity to see them all, so jumped on the chance to see this one, and was not disappointed. It is beautiful, has lots of local history and we talked to a docent for a while to get some interesting facts. The sculpture by Jo... More 

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Storm Lake
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We have been to all the California Missions, and this is one of the most reveared ones. Sunday Mass presents the opportunity to sing with a professional choir. The gardens around the mission are alive with natural flowers and the flower of humanity that visit this ancient place. The museum is full of artifacts, well annotated and labelled. There is... More 

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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Beautiful place to visit! Very tranquil and peaceful! I was hoping to see a service in progress, but maybe next time. Will definitely return!

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San Luis Obispo
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Such a wonderful Mission. My husband and I try to visit the California Missions whenever we are close by to one on our travels. San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is one of our favorites. It's a wonderful, tranquil spot to sit and collect your thoughts. This particular visit a service was in progress in the chapel so we couldn't... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Good mission to visit. Nice gift shop. Mission has the church, along with side buildings and museum rooms. Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour for a quick visit, 2 hours to read and experience the exhibits. We visited on a Saturday when a wedding was being held in the church/chapel. The church was not open to tourism because of... More 

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