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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

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Address: 1104 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-2916
Phone Number: 415 456 3016
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Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel...

Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.

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Beautiful Structure

You have to see this place. A wonderful church. A lot of history here. Worth a short visit. Parking can be a challenge depending on the day and time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
R0bNeville
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San Rafael, California
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Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited 18 of the 21 California Missions and I am sad to say this one is a little disappointing. There isn't much of it to see in the first place and very little original structure or foundation which most of the other Missions still have. In and out in about 10 min. flat. You have seen it all.... More 

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Chernex, CH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the 7th mission on our trip so I think we can say that this one was not at the top of our list. The mission is in a quadrangle with the street and the parish church. The mission as open to visit and had resources available for 4th grade projects. It was not possible to visit the parish... More 

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San Rafael, California
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have to see this place. A wonderful church. A lot of history here. Worth a short visit. Parking can be a challenge depending on the day and time.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Went on a family mission trip July of 2016. This mission is really small and is in the heart of San Rafael. Took about 10 minutes to walk around. The gift shop was not open, but looked interesting. The staff was kind and helpful. No cost to enter.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

None of the original building remain except for the mission church on the grounds of a newer church. Gift shop hours on Mon Wed. And Fri. Construction methods and materials very similar to that of other mission constructs. A nice visit but without any historical artifacts as one would expect.

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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This is a working school and church, not a museum, so the historic notes outside the entrance are brief. Lovely building, though.

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Vitoria, ES
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

When I`ve been there it was closed , so I just see around, but seemed to be a simple church, I just read a history about san Rafael.

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Thank PersonalMarcus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Beautiful Mission and church with well maintained ground. Must check gift shop hours before visiting since it is not open on Saturday.

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Inverness, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

On Fifth St. in San Rafael, the small older building stand in front of the much newer large Mission Church. It is very reminiscent of many of the 20 older mission churches still standing.

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Slidell, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

I love love love the little church. The feeling you get when sitting in the pew gives you goose bumps. Just thinking about the history and what those four walls have been through. Definitely worth the trip to feel the experience. I enjoyed reading the history in the gift shop window.

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