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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Mississauga
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Mississauga
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Des Moines, Iowa
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We walked to the mission from our central hotel. It isn't a real long walk, but sidewalks disappear in the last third, and since the streets are poorly marked it is easy to make wrong turns. The neighborhood cottages are fun to look at too. The Mission is impressive. Quite a beautiful space, with a very interesting adjacent museum. For... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This was a very special experience. It was very historical and very interesting to visit this Mission. So full of history and interesting things to see. Worth the time if you are in the area.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

this was worth the drive and is highly recommended. it's a great attraction for the weekend traveler and is highly encouraged.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a Roman Catholic Cathedral yet I saw the name "basilica" on the wall. No wonder His Holiness John Paul II paid a visit here and made a personal prayer before the statue of Our Lady of Bethlehem, on September 17, 1987. The carmel Mission has a longer history than the nation:)...when driving along the Pacific Coast Hwy, pls... More 

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