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Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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Address: Mission Street, San Miguel, CA
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Description: This mission was founded among the Salinas Indians, who inhabited the area...
This mission was founded among the Salinas Indians, who inhabited the area in the 1700's.
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Humble mission with really cool features

This is not one of the Missions that folks will rave about. Nevertheless, it is one of my favorites. I really like the Eye of God detail that no other mission possesses; one can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Kentfield, CA
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Kentfield, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is not one of the Missions that folks will rave about. Nevertheless, it is one of my favorites. I really like the Eye of God detail that no other mission possesses; one can whip out a dollar bill to see this important symbol. The huge shells painted on either side of the altar are really cool and I wondered... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Over the years I've visited at least 1/2 of the missions in California. Put this one built in 1818 after a fire destroyed the original one and now open after the 2003 earthquake on your must see list. Why? It's easily accessible from US-101 and has an unique interior based on Italian pattern books and executed by native Americans. There... More 

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Longview, Washington
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is an interesting mission to visit. This mission is not as grand as some of the other missions we've visited but it is well cared for with many relevant artifacts to look at. The mission still has original wall paintings from the early 1820's which are quite pretty and considering their age well preserved. The mission is slowly repairing... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Well worth the $3 entry fee which included a self-guided tour brochure. Extensive earthquake damage is slowly being repaired as funds are available. Very historic with a goodly amount of relevant artifacts. I would have willingly paid the entry fee x3, so we made a donation.

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Morgan Hill, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

When we last tried this Mission it was closed due to the Earthquake. It's quite a pretty one and very peaceful. Only get a glimpse of the Courtyard fro a corner as its fenced off for the Franciscan Monks that live there. I think one of the better ones, although San Juan is my favorite for History.

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Riverbank, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

After an earthquake a few years ago the mission had to be closed due to structural damage. The San Miguel community has come together to do a great job of restoring the mission to even better than it had been before. The history center,though small, id very interesting, the buildings and grounds are very well looked after. A fine example... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

if you've been to other missions, you know what to expect.... Same layout and architecture. A few artifacts to view with mannequins to complete dioramas. Kinda interesting diversion.

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Rainier, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I have stopped here many times over the past 40 years, just for the peaceful atmosphere, and a break from freeway driving. Sadly, the Mission was badly damaged over the years, sometimes by earthquake and sometimes just by age, but it has now been restored so that visitors can experience a bit of Old California.

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Atascadero, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The Mission San Miguel is more than a national and state historic monument, it is a living piece of history for California. Founded in 1797 by Franciscan Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen its history binds the northern and southern missions in the Salinas Valley. Being only thirty-five miles from the epicenter of the 2003 San Simeon earthquake, the Sand Miguel... More 

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San Miguel, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very pretty mission. The nuns are very nice and the little gift shop had some fun things. This mission was badly damaged in an earthquake and is now restored with bricks made the way they made them originally. Very unique.

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Address: Mission Street, San Miguel, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Miguel

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