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Mission Basilica

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

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Being a lover of food and history, my kids and I toured the Mission and it was beautiful. I found it to be a spiritual experience reliving the spartan existence of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Red Bluff
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Being a lover of food and history, my kids and I toured the Mission and it was beautiful. I found it to be a spiritual experience reliving the spartan existence of the missionary's and their trials building these missions. The details are amazing and plenty of learning tools to help put the pieces together. There were docents available and some... More 

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Turlock, California
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

So gorgeous. Most beautiful mission I have been too. Walked all the grounds. When I went there was a wedding. It was so beautiful. I will go again.

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WILLISTON
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a beautiful mission with outstanding grounds. We didn't get there in time to give ourselves the time we would have liked as it was late afternoon. The gift shop was very well stocked and maps were available to guide us on the tour.

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San Diego, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I love all the missions but this is one of my favorites. Beautiful church and grounds. Father Serra is buried in front of the altar here.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
11 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A beautifully reconstructed early California mission with great historical value and interest. It was in ruins until the 1920's when the restoration effort was begun.

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Oakland, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The old Mission in Carmel was the second one developed in California. Though I have mixed feelings about what happened, it is a living monument to the history of California and the architecture and spaces are quirky, unbalanced, vast, ad hoc and authentic. The church with it's ship hulled vaulting was very nice with the elaborate religious walls and motifs.... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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119 reviews 119 reviews
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280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
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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162 reviews 162 reviews
58 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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
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25 helpful votes 25 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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Additional Information about Mission Basilica

Address: Address: Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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