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Mission Basilica

Address: Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
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Ranked #5 of 49 Attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Provo, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I have this strange thing, when I'm traveling I love visiting Catholic Churches, I'm not even Catholic. It's set in a beautiful area. Check out the gardens off to the side. There are some burial that might surprise you. No spoiler here.

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United States
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171 reviews 171 reviews
118 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Beautifully preserved, interesting architecture. Easy access to parking. Take some time to soak in the atmosphere which is very peaceful throughout. There is a large courtyard with a fountain where you can toss a penny in the water and say a prayer or make a wish. Nice, beautiful, interesting, peaceful.

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Brisbane
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56 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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Senior Reviewer
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3 attraction reviews
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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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