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Mission Basilica

Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
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Ranked #6 of 56 Attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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
13 helpful votes 13 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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62 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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Austin, Minnesota
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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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