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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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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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 July 23, 2016

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 July 17, 2016

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 July 14, 2016

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 July 9, 2016

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 July 8, 2016

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 June 30, 2016

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 June 25, 2016

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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