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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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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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Hearing about St. Junipero Serra cannot do justice to the place of his passing. The church itself is amazing! Father Serra is buried underneath the altar and his grave is clearly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Austin, Texas
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121 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hearing about St. Junipero Serra cannot do justice to the place of his passing. The church itself is amazing! Father Serra is buried underneath the altar and his grave is clearly marked. Peaceful, healing and joyful are all words to describe it. None of those words does it justice!

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Thank QuincyKid
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

If Carmel is the best in California, San Carlos is a must-go in Carmel. It is a beautiful, quiet place.

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Thank Zhuoyuan C
Toronto, Canada
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101 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Visited the mission, church and the museum. It was a walk through the history of the early Catholic missionary establishment in the 18 century. It was interesting to see how and where the new canonized Saint lived and died.

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Fresno, California
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75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I hadn't been here in years. The mission has been kept up and one must now pay to tour the grounds. This is well worth the cost. Educational movies tie in the history of the area.

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Los Angeles, California
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363 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We make it a point to stop at the missions and this one is a favorite! There is so much to see both inside and out. Take your time. A great learning opportunity.

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Thank CacheOn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The complex was larger then I was expecting. There is a church, courtyard, graveyard, residence, etc. You can easily spend an hour or two walking around and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. I don't recall there being much in the way of explaining the various parts or history of the mission. A negative. We tagged along with a group that looked... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Visited Sep 2008: First established in 1770 in nearby Monterey, the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo was named for Charles Borromeo who was the Archbishop of Milan. The first Christian mission in Alta California, the church was the headquarters of the original Alta California missions headed by Father Junípero Serra from 1770AD until his death in 1784AD. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This Mission is where Father Serra spent most of his time, as a result, it has a number of rooms that are well preserved. There's some nice info on the restoration. It has a nice representation of an old fashioned Nativity scene. Also has a large quadrangle-inner courtyard, which is very lush.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Carmel Mission was an unexpected gem. We stopped in on our last day in Carmel and expected to visit for about an hour. Three hours later we were still there. The chapels are peaceful and beautiful. The Mission is full of beauty and history. A must see. You can even kneel in prayer where Pope John Paul II did.... More 

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is a great example of a California mission. It is a working Catholic church and school and also a museum of California Mission culture. A visit here is an excellent way to become familiar with how the missions helped settle California.

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