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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
+1 831-624-1271
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Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but interesting museum. The gardens are quite well done. The interiors of the church are beautiful. There is a fair amount of interesting exhibits. Worth a quick stop to see everything.

Thank FuzzyBeaver
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the mission. There was a peaceful, quiet, beauty in the garden. I enjoyed the small building in the back which gave one the history of the "princess" a benefactor who gave her support to the mission. The history of...More

Thank zfilly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not usually one for visiting missions, but this one had a great back story so we went. Its absolutely beautiful inside and out. Amazing that it still had a school in operation. It explains the history and they give you a map with directions...More

Thank shieraSmiley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting mission to visit. Displays include information and descriptions. The grounds are lovely. Truly enjoyed our visit. Worth the admission charge.

Thank GrapeladyD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this unexpected find about the missions and the people who built these beautiful grounds. Thankful to the people who continue to rebuild this historical building and grounds for all to enjoy. Fun shop for beautiful mementos as well a one of a kind...More

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chapel is beautiful. This is a working Catholic parish, and served as THE major mission administration for all 21 of the missions scattered throughout California founded by Fr Junipero Serra. We had intended to return for Sunday Mass (staying in nearby Pacific Grove, 7...More

Thank 440maryen
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

This place was ok but nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple of pretty fountains, lots of statues and a dark and ornate church. The day I went they were letting people donate what they felt comfortable giving. I think admission on the...More

Thank Feenagh4
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit at the Mission. The people there were very kind and it was nice to be able to leisurely explore the grounds and not be rushed. There is also an exceptionally marketed gift store with many Catholic goods that are sometimes difficult...More

Thank travelingalnow
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Loved this place and couldn't stop taking photos! Definitely have my wallpapers sorted for my computer for the next while :)

Thank JeanClaudeSmit
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

I've been to a lot of CA's missions and by far the landscaping here is beautiful. It's a peaceful place with the restful sounds of fountains bubbling. However, in my opinion, it could be better curated and signage could be redone as most of it...More

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey .
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June 4, 2016|
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Response from J M | Reviewed this property |
Call and ask 831-624-1271. If you see a tour bus in the parking lot, I would suggest come back at another time.