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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

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Address: 1104 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone Number: 415 456 3016
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Small intimate mission in the heart of San Rafael

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cheeks123
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 5 weeks ago 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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Thank John D
Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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Thank minimuffinlover
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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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Thank Watkinsnc
Corona del Mar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This small chapel is defiantly worth a visit. You can't miss it.. right on the main drag downtown. The adjacent tower is the central focus.

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Thank Ron Y
Encinitas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

Stopped in and caught the Thanksgiving mass, full church with lots of friendly people. Simple mission, could skip if you are travel itinerary was already full

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is the next to the last of the 22 or 23 missions in California. Each one was supposedly a days travel to the next one. This Mission has a sanctuary with confessionals, choir area and is one of the smaller missions. In addition to an administrative building there is a rectory next door and a school as well. The... More 

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