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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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Somewhat funky but primarily authentic Mission experience.

I was some what unimpressed initially with this mission. It appears to have a relatively modern addition (a shaded outdoor picnic area) to the backside of the building... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Napa, California
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Napa, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I was some what unimpressed initially with this mission. It appears to have a relatively modern addition (a shaded outdoor picnic area) to the backside of the building. Fortunately, I didn't let this discourage me and I was able to not only tour the building, but leave very impressed by the understated beauty and tranquil experienceof this lovely mission. The... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a place where you and only you can describe. It's an spiritual and religious place, the peace and soul it's palpable. I love it! I'm curious now about other mission in the state. I love the chapel!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

this mission to me is the most interessting in California. It eaven still has it's own Wine. It is well taken care of even though it had some earthquack damage. Lovely to walk around and learn some history.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We stopped by the mission with our small pet dog fearful that she would be banned from the grounds. On the contrary, the staff was very welcoming of us and the dog as seen by dog bowls scattered around. The complex is gorgeous, serene, and just the right stop for a peaceful respite. Take your kids and critters.

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Kentfield, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 25 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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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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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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