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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-1271
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Monterey Independent Bike Tour
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Ranked #9 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, Cultural
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
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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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Redwood City, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If you enjoy history and architecture, this Mission is well worth a stop. The church is beautiful and there are 2 small musuems adjacent to it. The gardens are lovely and serene. The musuem tour (self-guided) costs 6.50 and ends in a small gift shop, primarily selling catholic-related items.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The old mission at Carmel traces it's history back to the 1770's. This was a favorite mission of Father Junipero Serra (founder of nine of California's twenty one missions) His burial spot is under the church floor. For those seeking a true historical experience visit San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. Having visited before while roof reconstruction was ongoing, it was... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Just a 15 minute walk from the shopping district of town is this amazing church and mission. It was built in 1771 and I have to say it was far different from any church I've seen around the world. Maybe because I thought it had a southwest vibe with its wooden beams and lights. While there, explore the museum and... More

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Petaluma, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Visiting with husband and ten year old. There is an entrance fee that you pay for in the gift shop prior to entering the grounds. There is a lovely church and many rooms, outbuildings with historical artifacts regarding the California Mission system (this was the headquarters for the Alta California Missions) and Junipero Serra. They still hold mass in the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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189 reviews 189 reviews
28 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was Father Junipero' Serra's favorite Mission (he was responsible for founding the Mission chain that stretches from San Diego to San Franciso) - easy to understand why. This is a jewel of a mission, reborn as a vibrant part of the community. While it had a low point when it fell into disrepair, it was lovingly, carefully, and stunningly... More

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Albany, NY
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106 reviews 106 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Mission is a charming complex...bigger than we expected. We did not realize that this particular mission was/is the headquarters for the entire mission system in California. It was an interesting history lesson which we really enjoyed.

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St. Louis, MO
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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41 helpful votes 41 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 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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