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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
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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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6 attraction reviews
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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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61 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Austin, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

History, architecture, lovely gardens and an escape from the commercial world of Monterey Bay Peninsula all can be found at Mission Basilica. This beautiful mission captured our attention from the moment we stepped in the door. There is a small admission fee, but we considered it a small price (donation) to pay to tour such a beautiful site. The buildings... More

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Carson City, Nevada
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was in the Monterey area . I thought this would be a cool place to see. I was right, for the price you can not beat the deal. The day before I went to the Monterey aquarium and I hated it. Too many people and for $40.00 a head this place was far off the better deal

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Woodbridge, California
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

One of the jewels in the fabulous string of California missions. This one has a location very easy to get to with plenty of parking. It gets lots of visitors and is kept in fabulous shape. During the Carmel Bach Festival every July, it is the Wednesday evening venue for a candlelit concert that is sublime for its music and... More

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Larchmont, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The mission is pretty and has nice museum-like exhibits that are well worth the low admission fee. Take some nice photos in the gardens and of the outside of the mission, which is pretty. The mission inside is nothing special. Very happy to have stopped here while in the Carmel/Monterey area.

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Lumberton, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

An ideal photo op location, rich with history and charm. A very nice gift shop is also located at the mission.

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Hollister, California
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Love coming to this mission. So much history located here. Every year they have a Founders Day, in which people are dressed as they would have been back in the 1800's. Fun watching how horseshoes are made and listening to the old time bagpipes and music All the activity is in the Mission's Plaza.

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Huntington Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I enjoy taking pics so this place had some great shots for me to take! Not much to do though so for $6 it's a nice hour stop if your in to seeing the history of California and some pretty buildings. Kids would be bored for sure!

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