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Mission Basilica

Rio Road and Lasuen Drive - In Carmel, Monterey, CA
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Ranked #7 of 56 attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Dublin, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Mission Basilica is good value for the family to visit, it has lots of history and lovely gardens. The Mission gift shop had some very nice appropriate gifts.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

This mission is smaller and more quaint than Santa Barbara, but much more picturesque. The courtyard with the church, smaller buildings and garden is just lovely. There are several fairly "home-made" displays on the history of the mission and its restoration in the 20th century which while not of professional museum quality are nonetheless interesting and informative. There is a... More

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Byesville, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We attended the Sunday Mass here and we were taken back with the beauty of the church. This was a delight as we were not expecting anything so beautiful. The people were real friendly also.

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Victoria, BC Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
18 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We had our car group host a dinner/presentation event on the grounds, and it couldn't have been lovelier. The large courtyard is perfect for this type of function. You are surrounded by history going back a couple of hundred years.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It' s a well-preserved mission of historical significance and worth the visit. If nothing else, the drive to the mission is scenic. Visitors will get a sense of e religious culture that helped establish California.

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Houston, Texas, USA
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247 reviews 247 reviews
35 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful and very well maintained basilica with a lot of history and beautiful spots, both in and out in the gardens. It is worth a visit if you are in the area, particularly good if you have Catholics in your group.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Found in the hills around Carmel. You will find a lot of history and some more fabulous photos opportunities. They do charge to get in, but I just considered it a donation.

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Houston, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The grounds and flowers are amazing as are the interiors, amazing alter, nothing bad to say, very pleasant and knowledgeable staff

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The missions are an important part of California history and are much more than just a Catholic Church. Enjoy a history lesson or just stroll the lovely grounds and gardens

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Abbotsford BC
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71 reviews 71 reviews
10 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Mission Basilica is so worth spending time at. Through displays, lots of written works and the site itself, you get a feel for what life must have been like here from the 1780's forward. The site is steeped in history, many of the rooms have displays of how they were furnished 2 centuries ago, and the Basilica itself is... More

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