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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
Phone Number: 831-624-1271
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Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in...

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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Well worth a couple of hours. $4 for Seniors, not sure for others. Docent was great and told is many stories.

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Capitola, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth a couple of hours. $4 for Seniors, not sure for others. Docent was great and told is many stories.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The mission is very well kept and quiet with a sense of peace. The courtyard was very lovely. I liked it has its school attached to it knowing the mission is continuing with its educational work in the community.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was interesting to visit this mission after having visited the Sonoma Mission about a week earlier. This mission has a lovely church (still actively used) and contains artifacts of religious significance. However, at the Sonoma Mission we learned more about the history of the early period of the missions, particularly the negative experience of the local people. The grounds... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this historic Mission on several occasions and have not been disappointed in the museums and well-maintained grounds. The artifacts are nicely presented as you walk through the various museums, and ask if a docent is on premises to enhance your experience. The church has been tastefully restored as is the art work and statues and, with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite beautiful parish with two wonderful priests. Father Murphy is a 9/11 survivor of the Pentagon attack. He gave a great sermon on forgiveness on 9/11 15th anniversary. Father Manuel even knew my priest at my own parish. There was a refreshments area after mass for visitors and it was very nice. The grounds are beautiful, and the disrespects of... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My children love midnight mass at this church. Recently restored, it is small enough to get through quickly, yet lovely enough that you might linger.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a spiritual experience , not only was it a regular Sunday communion service , but it included the ' canonisation of Mother Theresa ' . Also a good explanation of the history of California . Worth a visit !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family has been to this mission many times. All of our children have chosen to do their fourth grade mission report on this mission because they know it will get them a day at one of their favorite beaches. Make sure you tour the outsides of the buildings as well, the cemetery is very interesting. The last time we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

Although the grounds are lovely, the video and facilities need updating and dusting. The dioramas were interesting and gave a good view of life back then.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Mission. Really enjoyed learning about Junipero Serra's Mission in Carmel. A beautiful & peaceful place to visit and learn about history.

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