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

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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San Rafael, California
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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 

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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 

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Colorado Springs, United States
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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.

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Banning, Ca
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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.

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Seattle
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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.

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It is a small church and there is not much to see. Worthwhile if you are in town but it is not like most other missions. There is not much else to see other than the church.

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NYC
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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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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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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
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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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Address: 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415 456 3016
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael

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