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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

Address: 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415 456 3016
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in San Rafael
Type: Missions, Cultural
Owner description: Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.
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Type: Missions, Cultural
Owner description: Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.

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NYC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

There was a service going on so I didn't get to wander around. From what I saw of it on the outside and a bit on the inside, it's a beautiful mission. Definitely worth a stop.

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San Rafael, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

One of the Historical California Missions. Lovely. The architecture and rich Hispanic history which predates statehood.

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Hauppauge, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Too bad its been changed to accommodate the new mass. This hurt the feeling of history that should attach to the building.

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Sacramento, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My recollection -- possibly faulty, I'll grant you -- of other missions such as Mission San Carlos, Mission Santa Clara, etc., was one of ornate beauty inside the churches. About an hour before visiting Mission San Rafael, I had visited Mission Dolores, which is phenomenally beautiful and reminiscent of the churches of Europe, but with a Hispanic/Native twist. So with... More 

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Pescadero, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Its one blocks from the main happenings in san rafeal. great place if you need to get away for a half hour from the ecclecticness of SR, busy Marin traffic. (Seems everyone is in a hurry these days.) this church will help you slow down and connect with God and your own heart. JOY!

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San Rafael, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Many artifacts. Great guide. Interesting history. A very vibrant place, being used to the max! Variety of gifts and souvenirs. Wish gift shop were open more.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We visited this site with our fourth grader kid on a Sunday morning. Place was busy with two masses in progress. Kid was impressed and very excited during the visit. the mission is located on a beautiful Mission street with a lot of other attractions to see. Overall a nice experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Calm and relaxing place for reflection. A place wer i can have a silent time to give thanks to jesus.

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San Leandro, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Perhaps it was just that he was already tired from earlier activities but the three year old really didn't do well here. Nice mission, in the heart of San Rafael... We had lunch then made a quick walk-thru... Nice mission in a great state of upkeep!

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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Street parking can be difficult during the week and business hours, plus, parking meters are the standard; the Mission offers no parking for visitors. The Mission and Church are not original, having both been rebuilt after earthquakes destroyed the first ones. Gift shop is hit-or-miss as far as operating hours are concerned. Bring walking shoes because all the buildings on... More 

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