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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
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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Pretty mission in Carmel

Visited this mission on a family mission trip. I cant remember if there was an entrance fee, but if so it was small. We arrived on a Wednesday and it was busy, but I associated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited this mission on a family mission trip. I cant remember if there was an entrance fee, but if so it was small. We arrived on a Wednesday and it was busy, but I associated this to vacation and the community of Carmel. Like Carmel, this mission is pretty and clean. The gift shop was nice and well appointed as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the original Fr. Serra missions from the Alta California settlement period. You can feel the age when you're walking through. Great garden in the courtyard and the historical exhibits in the wings are interesting. They do gloss over some of the less seemly aspects of the treatment of the local tribes during that period, but the rest of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a child of 8, 1958, I remember my mother taking me to the mission and seeing the statute of St. Francis of Assisi out front surrounded by flowers, Though I am not a Catholic, my mother went to elementary school taught by Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (Nuns). We would follow the priests leading donkeys, who had blue clay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not being Catholic, I didn't care a fig about the religious aspects of the site. Being a photographer and a historic structure buff, however, I was so very impressed! Beautifully quiet and serene - delightful even when it decided to pour rain most of the time I was there. Recommended, but not for noisy children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a nice place to visit! We loved the architecture of this Mission and the artwork/sculptures were beautiful. The gift shop is free, but you pay a small fee for entrance to the Mission grounds. We learned a lot about its history. If you have time, try to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While this is the second mission founded in Alta California, it is distinctively different from San Diego, (#1) and the other mission structures. Having been rebuilt, the second structure has an arched roof rather than the flat roof normally found in the mission churches. Reconstruction is underway in the main courtyard and fountain area. Until that is done, there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely. I stopped in for Mass and ended up staying for a self guided tour. This is a lovely Spanish Mission. It is a must see if you are a tourist who is interested in the Spanish influence of the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this delightful mission after spending some time in the town of Carmel some 5 minutes away by car. This beautifully restored mission was founded way back in 1770 by Fr. Junipero Serra the second of some 21 California Missions. Fr. Serra is buried within its grounds which includes a beautiful garden , a joy on this warm sunny... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

When me and my family recently took a trip to Monterey, we took a day to do the Seventeen Mile Drive, which I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND. At the opposite end of the drive is Carmel, which we drove through but found it was too busy and packed to enjoy the various stores. However, before heading back to Monterey, we saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We went to the Mission on a Sunday and then stayed for Mass. The Mission is beautiful and has displays that really educate you on the history. Afterwards, we went to Mass. If you are Catholic, and even if you are not, I highly recommend that you go to Mass. Everyone was so welcoming! The choir was beautiful. It was... More 

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