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San Carlos Borromeo de 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
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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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St. Louis, MO
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118 reviews 118 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited 4 Missions and this one was without question the best. It is very well preserved and maintainted and a must stop for anyone who an an intrest in either early Missions, or history of CA. The walk through the gardens was peaceful and the muesum was very well done with it's historical documentations.The church was the best part.... More

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Houston, Texas
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We visited for mass, while in the area and the 11am had an outstanding choir ( that didn't mind us singing along) and a really outstanding organist. The basilica is gorgeous and the museum chapel is very interesting. Well worth a long visit.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Beautiful restored Mission from the 1700s. Lovely Spanish Colonial Church and grounds. Still serves as a school today.

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Bergen, Norway
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

So quiet to walk in the garden, interesting museum and wonderful Church.In walking distance from Carmel village, and I recommend to do so and look at all the beautiful houses along the roads. Visit Carmel Mission Ranch while you are in the area.

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Gilroy, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I love United States history and the California missions are at the top of the list & this one is a very good one to visit The restoration they are doing is really looking great, cost is minimal

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We were met by a docent who was part Indian so it was a unique perspective of history. The grounds are expansive and the cross was not traditionally shaped. The oldest statue in California of the Virgin Mary was in the Mission and I was surprised to find that Father Junipero Serra is buried here. Don't miss the grave yard... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We enjoy history and historical sites. This mission is well restored and interesting. Take time to watch the video explaining the history. A volunteer in the basilica was willing to answer our questions. Of special interests are the plants identified throughout the grounds

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Indianapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We're not Catholic, so our interest in the mission was more in it's architectural beauty and it's gardens. It was interesting and beautiful. It would definitely be more meaningly if you are Catholic.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Amazing place ! We enjoyed ourselves at this historical and wonderful mission which is the second mission in upper California.

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Mamou, Louisiana
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Beautiful and very historical. We really enjoyed our time at this lovely restored mission. Very interesting museum pieces. Amazing.

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