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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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Nice place to explore

It is a beautifully renovated mission. Lots to learn about the region and it's history as well. Not expensive. Lots of beautiful flowers.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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San Mateo, California

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San Mateo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It is a beautifully renovated mission. Lots to learn about the region and it's history as well. Not expensive. Lots of beautiful flowers.

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Seaside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

One of the many original missions along the west coast that will delight visitors with it awe inspiring spirituality. The humbling ambiance will calm your heart and soul. Experience history and treat yourself to the incredible beauty that surrounds this place of worship. You will feel blessed.

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Macomb, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The mission and the grounds are very picturesque. Many of my photos came out beautiful. Of course I also enjoyed learning the history of the mission and seeing the many artifacts on display too. We almost did not stop, but I am very glad that we did.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I've been to only 4 of the missions in CA, but this is my favorite so far. They spent no effort and money to renovate this important monument, they even retrofitted it. We were in and out within the hour with the church docent enlightning us about the history of the church. The mission has a few rooms where they... More 

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Erlangen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

we visited many missions on our way from Santa Barbara up to Sonoma, but this was the best exhibition and museum, nice flower garden, good explanation about the history

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Sugar Land
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were very happy we visited the Mission. It is beautiful, well preserved and with peaceful. The visit takes about an hour and is done at your pace.

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Southampton PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Beautiful Mission Church in lovely Carmel By the Sea. Attended Sunday Mass and witnessed children receiving first Holy Communion. Tiny cathedral so the overflow stood in the courtyard for Mass. Nice small Mission Museum on site. Lovely gardens, beautifully preserved.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is an old Franciscan mission started in 1770. There is a relatively brief video in one of the outbuildings that explains the founding of the mission as well as others in California. The mission church and the surrounding quadrangle and gardens are large and attractive. It is an interesting introduction to California history

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California City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Beautiful mission, enjoyed walking the grounds and visiting the mission. I especially liked reading the history and viewing the first library in California!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This restored California mission is an outstanding example of the chain of missions established from San Diego (and even Baja) to Northern California. Having fallen into disrepair, reconstruction was begun in the 1920's, and it has been beautifully restored. It is an active church with museum-like qualities and numerous examples of the short-lived Spanish Californio tradition. Very much worth a... More 

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Additional Information about San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

Address: 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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