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Address: 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415 456 3016
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Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel...

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.

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Charming Mission chapel and church

This is the next to the last of the 22 or 23 missions in California. Each one was supposedly a days travel to the next one. This Mission has a sanctuary with confessionals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Encinitas, California
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in and caught the Thanksgiving mass, full church with lots of friendly people. Simple mission, could skip if you are travel itinerary was already full

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the next to the last of the 22 or 23 missions in California. Each one was supposedly a days travel to the next one. This Mission has a sanctuary with confessionals, choir area and is one of the smaller missions. In addition to an administrative building there is a rectory next door and a school as well. The... More 

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Roseville, Ca
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We took our 4th grader to Mission San Rafael Arcangel to gather first hand information for her report. The mission grounds were very large but sadly not much of the orginal mission is left. The smaller of the two churches was considered the "mission" and was open to view and visit. They had photocopies of the history of the mission... More 

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Thank Ann J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Mission San Rafael is one of many missions throughout California established by the Franciscian Monk Junipero Sera as he traveled up and down the expanse of California colonizing and bringing the Christian faith to the populace. A worthwhile stop to step back in time and soak up the aromas and sense of well being imparted by this mission. A side... More 

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The rebuilt Chapel is charming and the bell tower on the 1919-built main church is often used as the symbol of the city of San Rafael. This site housed the first sanitarium in California. Although it is not a large site, it is worth including in a visit to the area if you are interested in the California Missions. Parking... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We just walked by and looked at the architecture of the church. It seems really old. On the day we visited, the church wasn't open so we didn't get a chance to go inside. I think this is somehow related to the Mission Delores in San Francisco although I don't really know all the history behind it, it may be... More 

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Charlotte, NC, USA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I love the old, Mission churches. Unfortunately, this particular church is a "replica", built in the late 1940's. Arriving and expecting one of the unique structures from the early 1800's and instead finding a plain building with a 1949 cornerstone was disappointing to say the least. There really is nothing special about the building and not worth the effort unless... More 

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Tiburon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It's a lovely mission with lots of history. There is a museum with mission artifacts. The church and school are very active.

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Thank dawntingdawn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Established in 1817 as a hospital for parishioners of the Basilica Dolores/ Mission of San Francisco de Asis . Plaster & adobe walls fell in disrepair and the Old Mission was rebuilt in 1949. There is no garden tour at this Old Mission site . The Basilica Dolores is the tall pink church built next to the

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

No mission of the 21 in 'Alta California' was more thoroughly erased than San Rafael. This 20th of the 21 'California Missions' was founded in 1817 as an 'Asistencia' to Mission Dolores (San Fernando de ASIs) in San Francisco. The reason? Increasing contact with Europeans combined with the cold, wet and generally inhospitable conditions at San Francisco were making many... More 

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