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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: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

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We went on the founders day celebration and it was a treat. All the exhibits were open and there was also somebody ready there ready to explain something .we attended mass there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went on the founders day celebration and it was a treat. All the exhibits were open and there was also somebody ready there ready to explain something .we attended mass there and father Freddie blessed my religious medal. I felt blessed to be here 😇

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Spend a few hours learning about the history of Father Serra and his part in establishing the network of California Missions in the 1700's. A current working church and school with very deep roots in California history. Be sure to take a few moments to go through the several exhibits and museums.

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Henderson, Nevada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

On a cold rainy day we opted to visit this historic Mission which is where Fr. Junipero Serra is buried. A great deal of time and effort has gone into restoring this beautiful Mission. The basilica is rather impressive and I believe it is an active Parish with an accompanying Elementary School. The buildings are very accessible and the short... More 

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San Diego, California
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36 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

An unexpected highlight of our trip to Monterrey/Carmel. So good we returned there for a second visit. If you like the history and tradition and architecture of the California Missions, this is one of the best. Also a great visit for photographers. There is such a wealth of beautiful scenery here on the expansive grounds. They have a nice shop... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This California mission is worth a visit to at least witness the extensive renovations, which have taken place here recently. After the Spanish left California, and Mexico took over, all missions were secularized. Over the years they were abandoned, looted and destroyed. But for well over a century now, most of the California missions have been repaired and restored. The... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The mission buildings and the grounds have been restored to near original condition. We took a self guided tour and were very impressed with the buildings,grounds and displays. If you are in the area and want to see some of the very early CA history I suggest it is time well spent to visit this early mission.

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Gorgeous architecture, just beautiful. Such deep history and you do not have to be Catholic to enjoy or be in awe! I was..

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Orange, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

one of California's oldest mission, big mission with great history. Nice one to visit especially if you're a Christian.

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Roy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have been here several times over several years and yet I enjoy it more every time. We were traveling with 2 other couples that had never been to Carmel so we treated them with a visit to the Mission. So much history and I am so glad that it has been restored so that many more can enjoy visiting... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

One of the nicer missions to visit. Have attended Easter Mass for a few years. Can be very crowded, mainly because the Masses are so closely times, which makes for difficult parking. Be sure to see the side altar to the left, the columns must have been typical for this era, as the same ones are on the main altar... More 

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