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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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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Orange, California
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Orange, California
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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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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It's exciting to know that the Pope of the Roman Catholic church will be here in the fall of 2015 - somewhere that I visited to canonize Father Junipero Serra! (Although I don't see him going to the Carmel beach and then Castroville for an Artichoke lunch) The 1774 mission has been wonderfully restored and has some beautiful statues that... More 

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Mississauga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Mission has been reconstructed and it was interesting to go through all the grounds. We had not been to a Mission before so it was fun. Much bigger than I thought. Nicely reconstructed and lots of ice artifacts. Interesting afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a great history lesson about the settlement of California by the Spanish missionary, Fr. Serra. It is especially relevant now because Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra this Fall, 2015, when he visits the US. My teenage children were somewhat interested but anyone younger will probably be bored. The church has been beautifully restored and the surrounding... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It's like travelling back in time during the mission days of California. It is a very restful, solemn place. Lots of history in this place. The location is not that hard to find either. It is only $6.50 for adults. They don't allow pets inside so leave your dogs at home. I just wish they keep their restrooms well maintained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Take a guided tour, lots to see. Docent was very knowledgeable. Lots of history. Really enjoyed this stop.

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Pasadena
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The mission is a great side trip if you are wanting to take 17 mile drive. It's small but the very well preserved and beautiful. There is a gift shop where you pay the $5.00 fee to go onto the grounds and chapel. Definitely worth the stop.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This amazing piece of history right in charming Carmel By the Sea. What a perfect way to start the day at this Historic place of tranquility and beauty. This is a must see before leaving the Carmel, Monterey area. One can enter the Mission and immediately feel the peace and harmony while walking around the fountain or going to the... More 

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