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Mission Basilica

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Address: Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Peaceful, beautiful historical site

This site really is tranquil, peaceful and full of history. It's easily seen in an hour. There is a beautiful shrine for the burial site of Junipero Serra. Even the cemetery is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
ladydi50CA
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Santa Clarita, California
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Santa Clarita, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This site really is tranquil, peaceful and full of history. It's easily seen in an hour. There is a beautiful shrine for the burial site of Junipero Serra. Even the cemetery is unique with abalone shell markers. There are restrooms available. (Note that they still hold mass there on Sundays, so that's not the best time to visit)

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Carmel, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Will enhance your faith or help you find some for sure! Jaw dropping views and historical artifacts like a museum!

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farmingdale, NY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I loved this Mission, for all its tranquility and peace. It is one of those places which just feels "right". Even walking through the gift shop to get to the rest of the Mission, was NOT off-putting like it is in some places. I definitely found myself enjoying it mainly because there were so very few people about. I loved... More 

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Monterey, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Great mission with lots of history. Highly recommended, you can see the whole thing in an hour or two.

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Monterey, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love everything about it. It just gives me peace when I am in every part of the property. They have done some retrofit recently. You can see the part of history in the walls and gardens. There is burial site of the Indians that worked with Father Juniper Serra. A must see.

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California Bay Area
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This was Father Serra's favorite mission and where he lived and died, and is buried. Beautiful location and great history.

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Provo, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Even if you're not into California history, visit this mission. You will feel the peace and get a sense of the faith required to stick out the hardships of colonial living.

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Modesto, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Pay the small fee to take the tour and you will be amazed at the size of the property and the amount of things to see. Everything is very well maintained and there is a genuine sense of calm throughout the property. We will visit again for sure.

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Berkeley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Founded over 240 years ago, the mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo is ancient history by California standards, and it's pretty. Watch out for their web site though; it says they close at 7pm. Actually, they close at 5pm, and they start chasing you out at 4:45.

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The history alone of the Franciscans and the missions was enlightening. The restoration is beautiful. The staff at the museum store was very knowledgeable.

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