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Mission Basilica

Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
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Ranked #5 of 56 Attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Brisbane
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163 reviews 163 reviews
56 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Extensive complex so devote enough time to walk around it all. Large free car park and amenities. Was very beautiful.

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Bahia Kino, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My field of interest is Mexican colonial art and architecture, and this former mission - still an active church - had several original details that had been uncovered and preserved.

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Livermore, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

just seeing and feeling the history of this place is awesome. If you get to go to mass there it is a pretty amazing experience. Just a nice photo op and the gift shop is pretty nice too. Enjoy

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Mission Basilica and grounds are amazing. The Basilica has been beautifully restored and the grounds are well kept. Be sure to walk through the small museum which contains a number of unique artifacts including Fr. Junipero Serra’s personal bible. The volunteer docents were very helpful and knowledgeable. Allow two hours to fully explore this amazing place.

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Springfield, MO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Very peaceful with lots of photo ops. Different sort of gift shop - olive oils, tiles. Plants are lovely. Still a working school.

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Alameda, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The New restoration is World Class ! The lighting is the best I ever seen , the chandeliers were the crowing touch .

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Very well restored mission with a lovely museum and of course the obligatory gift shop!! Although there is also a school I found it a quiet and tranquil place.

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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Low key attraction. California doesn't have a lot of things that are over 200 years old. This isn't like visiting Notre Dame, but if you're visiting the Monterey Peninsula, it's a good thing to go see.

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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I thought I was only going to see a little mission church - instead this is a huge complex with school rooms and enclosed courtyard. It was very nice, with nice gardens. Buildings are enjoyable to view and see. The graveyard is interesting (not sure why the sea shells are on the crosses?). Enjoyed the place and for $6.50 it... More

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reno nv
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194 reviews 194 reviews
64 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

To think that the beauty and the workmanship were soo many years ago To understand Father Junipero Serra's challanges and what he did you have to be impressed!! Beautiful Church and muesum and staff is freindly and helpful a part of California history that is very important

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