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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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Charming old historic mission

If you've ever traveled to San Francisco and wondered about Junipero Serra, this is the place to go. Serra founded this mission in the 1700s. The history is all there, there are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you've ever traveled to San Francisco and wondered about Junipero Serra, this is the place to go. Serra founded this mission in the 1700s. The history is all there, there are gorgeous gardens, the religious stuff is beautiful, and there's even a weird graveyard where Indians who converted to Christianity are buried beneath crosses that have heads on them!... More 

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I enjoyed very much my visit to Carmel Mission The garden and church are both very beautiful and it's relaxing to visit there when there aren't too many visitors.

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Palm Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Beautiful old church. Nice grounds, This was my first stop in the area. I have been able to visit all the missions. This is one of the best maintained and enjoyable.

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Nipomo, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I have been to some of the other Missions but this one is the best. If you like the others you need to see this one.

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Monterey, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I went here with my friends and their family. I hadn't been here since i was a kid. Was nice to see the place again as i didn't remember much of it from the last time i was there. Good for people with kids or someone who is into old history. Lots of things to learn here and the lady... More 

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Logan, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It was pretty, but not that great. Went here because we didn't have anything else to do, I expected there to be more of a garden area based on others reviews, but it was quite small and nothing more glamorous than yards seen on the way to it. The building was cool but only the one building was worth noting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Beautiful mission tucked in the Carmel by the Sea area. Enjoyed walking through the gardens and the grounds.

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Kansas City
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful piece of history. The grounds are gorgeous and the inside of the mission is filled with amazing paintings and wooden chandeliers.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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

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