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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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Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Beautiful mission.

This is a beautiful and stunning mission. The grounds and flowers were amazing and the information telling about the mission was extremely interesting. I loved everything we saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful and stunning mission. The grounds and flowers were amazing and the information telling about the mission was extremely interesting. I loved everything we saw while on our visit there and would not hesitate to go back again, next time we're in the area.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

In many ways this was like stepping back in time. Lovely atmosphere and the flowers were incredible. The docent was very sweet.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Beautifully restored mission with many original elements still in place. Favorite hangout and burial ground of father Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions. Conveniently close to the end of 17 mile drive coming from Monterey.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

In guide books this place was described in a very positive way. It was a nice place but not as great as it has been described.

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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We like to visit the missions and this one is very beautiful. As you may know not all of the 21 are is great shape. The sanctuary has been restored which took several million dollars and it shows. Another is planned for 2016 for the other buildings. The museum is the usual items for missions and there is a cemetery... More 

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Seaside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Carmel Mission Is just a couple of blocks off Highway One, on Rio Road, in Carmel, California. It is one of the most beautiful and best restored of the California Missions established in the late 1700's by Father Junipero Serra. Mass is s till heard there every Sunday and on "holy days," but otherwise visitors must pay to enter the... More 

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Adelaide Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is an easy to access mission if you are in the Monterey area and want a taste of mission history. The courtyard gardens are pleasant and the church contains an historic statue of Mary. The buildings are also charming with their thick adobe walks and cool verandahs. Worth an hour.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Fascinating history, beautiful gardens, peaceful ambience. Definitely worth a visit if you are on the Monterey Peninsula. You need not be religious to appreciate its beauty. For those who are religious, consideration of Father Junipero Serra for beatification makes this a place of particular significance. The Mission contains the first library in California as well as many artefects from the... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

One of the best kept Missions in California. A truly interesting experience, especially now that Father Junipero Serra has been considered for sainthood by the Vatican.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Please go in a spirit of prayer and reflection, you will find great peace. The actual gave of Saint Juniper Sierra is at the high altar. Go and make a request and he will intercede for you too!

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Additional Information about San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831-624-1271
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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