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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
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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Stockton, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 reviews
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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159 reviews 159 reviews
100 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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San Luis Obispo, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We like the Carmel basilica for the central place it holds in California history and for the excellent preservation. Still a working church, we found the grounds and small museum well worth a short visit. The area is filled with nearby inns and motels, excellent restaurants and beautiful scenic drives.

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San Diego
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127 reviews 127 reviews
24 attraction reviews
371 helpful votes 371 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We enjoyed going through this old and historically important mission. It was the one where Father Junipero Cerro lived at the end of his life. It was apparently his favorite. It is fairly well restored. It also houses an active school. There was a museum behind it which is very interesting to go through as well. They were not charging... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Just 2min from downtown Carmel is this amazing mission. On Sundays, they took a donation rather then the admission fee ($6.50 per adult). Beautiful architecture. So glad it was preserved. Lots of history and amazing courtyard. Worth a visit and realized there is a lot more to Carmel then just golf and beach.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This small, but historic mission is definitely worth the stop. It'll take less than an hour to see the entire mission and read about its history. The mission doesn't really do justice to the history of the native people who built and worked the mission and who were exploited in the process. In a way, it's a shame that there's... More

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