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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831-624-1271
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Ranked #7 of 92 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Missions, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most...
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Type: Missions, Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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The Bay Area
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170 reviews 170 reviews
34 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is my favorite mission in CA. I've visited many times over the years, sometimes just to spend half an hour sitting in the beautiful garden, sometimes in the church. You can smell flowers in the garden, talk to the ghosts of long-deceased Spaniards. Architecturally, I find it to be exquisite, with the two dissimilar spires perfectly in balance. Restoration... More 

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Marina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The mission in Carmel is educational about the period history and is an interesting and beautiful place! It is used for weddings and concerts so it is kept up, and it is very special in the string of missions in California. It has a lovely garden and museum, and a cute little gift shop. Don't miss it!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This mission was our last stop of the day and it was lovely. I especially liked the small cemetery with abalone shells on all the crosses. The church was very pretty unfortunately there was a wedding rehearsal when we we there so we couldn't really approach the altar. Really beautiful area the back drop is incredible.

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Carmel, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We always enjoy a visit to the lovely Carmel Mission with its sweet, peaceful gardens, its beautiful sanctuary and the great connection with California history that it offers. It should be a must for anyone who visits the area.

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Turlock, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
56 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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82 helpful votes 82 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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