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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Well Worth a Visit

We enjoy visiting the historic missions on the El Camino Real in California. The Carmel Mission is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kath R
Mesa, Arizona
Wonderful History of California

For anyone who would like to learn about the history of California along with the mission... read more

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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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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoy visiting the historic missions on the El Camino Real in California. The Carmel Mission is well worth a visit as the reconstructed mission and grounds are lovely and the Museum tells much of the history of the founding of the missions.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone who would like to learn about the history of California along with the mission histories, this is the perfect place to spend a day.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended mass there one Sunday Although restored numerous times over the decades, the church has keep the charm and feel of the original mission. If you do go, take some time to look at the museum. The history of the mission is very interesting.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Mtiger
Reviewed March 1, 2019

We visited the mission for approximately 2 hours. The gardens and vegetation are beautiful and the mission is well worth the price of admission. Tour the mission and see the historic confessionals, library, and many other magnificent artifacts.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Mike B
Reviewed February 24, 2019

This was the most expensive mission we visited during our weeks in california. It's considered the beautiful mission and has some important relics. We didnt find it more special than the other missions we visited. But we were still glad to see it. Parking was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank GrnMtnGirl79
Reviewed December 25, 2018

This was Saint Serra's mission. It has very interesting exhibits and a video about the history of the California missions, Saint Serra's contribution, and how the mission was restored in the 1930's. Well worth a stop. The basicila is a very special place; Saint Serra...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank marfak
Reviewed December 19, 2018

This mission has been beautifully restored. It was quiet and peaceful when we were there and we enjoyed the self guided tour with plenty of plaques with historical and religious information. It is among the most beautiful of the missions we visited and in spite...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jfarlam
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Given the number of tourists in Carmel, we were quite surprised to find not that many visitors to the Mission. Yes, it has been almost totally rebuilt from a wreck, but it had been done very well indeed. One learns quite a lot about the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Mission is simply superb. As you travel within the various buildings, and the historical markers on the inner areas, speak with the docents. Docent - MICHAEL BACKIK is a wealth of knowledge with his facts, photos of historical events at the mission, and knowledge...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 24thIDTraveller
Reviewed September 20, 2018

Very nice Mission with a great history. This was the second mission built by Father Sierra in the Upper California. This Mission was first founded on June 1770 by the Franciscan Father Junípero Serra in Monterrey, then moved to the actual site on August 1771....More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Paul L
January 8, 2017|
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Response from JonSCalifornia | Reviewed this property |
The mission, besides being a historical landmark, is an active church and has a K-8 school on the grounds. It is managed by the Diocese of Monterey. Reverend Paul P. Murphy is the Pastor.
June 4, 2016|
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Response from LisandroVoyager | Reviewed this property |
Check with the mission to find out at what days and times the guides take people around. There are 2 or 3 videos to see, and they have booklets available so you can tour it yourself without a guide.