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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-1271
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$36*
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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
Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, Cultural
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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews 95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Good mission to visit. Nice gift shop. Mission has the church, along with side buildings and museum rooms. Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour for a quick visit, 2 hours to read and experience the exhibits. We visited on a Saturday when a wedding was being held in the church/chapel. The church was not open to tourism because of... More 

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The Bay Area, CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We stop here each time we visiting the area. Couple of times we had a chance to attend the service and were impressed with music and quality of community. The museum store is adequate, have a look.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The weather was not good when we visited but that did not detract from our visit too much. The place is a well preserved land mark that takes you back to another time. It has a feel about the place that you cannot describe other than to say its a spiritual experience.

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you need to spend an hour somewhere and have the $6.50 entrance fee, this is a good place to stop. It was interesting to see and an excellent example of mission architecture. I wouldn't say it is a must see place in Carmel, but it is worthwhile if you have the time.

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Sylvania, Ohio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

this is a great historical site, but also a functioning church. Great for Sunday Mass. Very interesting historical displays too!

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Houston
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took advantage of checking out the Mission on a rainy day. It costs $6.50 for adults to enter. Kids under 6 are free. Parking is free. There are a few small museums with artifacts and information to read and a good-sized gift shop. The church is still in operation and there is a school in the buildings surrounding the... More 

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Carmel, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

history and beauty come alive at the river's edge of the Pacific where Father Junipero Serra in the 1770's brought a civilization forth with some very good and some not so good lasting consequences

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Redwood City, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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