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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...

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

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Rebuilt Mission

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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126 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 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 

Thank Avrilx
Charlotte, NC, USA
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230 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
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 

Thank tarheelblue89
Tiburon, California
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank dawntingdawn
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111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

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

Thank PtLomafoodie
London, United Kingdom
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759 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
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 

Thank etweeden
San Rafael, California
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444 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are traveling around California looking at the various missions, this one is not original. I'm not sure when the current building was built, but it is a more modern church. But we come here every December 12th to celebrate Virgin of Guadalupe day and that is a great cultural experience, as there is always great music and the... More 

Thank Craig T
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

While touring and visiting the North-of-San Francisco country, we decided to visit the Mission San Rafael. An ancient chapel dated back to the early 1800's, fell into ruin, but a replica was rebuilt around 1940 on the original premises which is now the location of a larger church and school. The parish of Saint Raphael, offers weekend Masses in English,... More 

1 Thank FLandOhDannyBoy
Colorado Springs, United States
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Mission is worth seeing and has an old time feel that adds to the personal experience. Parking is a little difficult as the Mission seems to attract many people.

Thank Holt R
Banning, Ca
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345 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Mission was rebuilt on new site to reflect the parish history next to a newer church. Free to see and a nice gift shop. Pay meter parking allow for 40 minutes or longer. Nice people, good visit.

1 Thank Perkadventures
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34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A nice little mission, very similar to the many other in California. Does not have as much to it as somewhere like San Juan Batista, which is an amazing mission to visit.

1 Thank TammyLou

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