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Small but charming

Set in the middle of downtown San Rafael, mission San Rafael Arcangel is a must see. It is not the... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2018
peggy b
San Rafael, California
A wild-guess reconstruction of historical interest

This mission was built from very scant historical evidence remaining after its destruction by the... read more

Reviewed September 20, 2018
Daniel M
Dallas, Texas
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Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.
1104 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-2916
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

Set in the middle of downtown San Rafael, mission San Rafael Arcangel is a must see. It is not the original mission but was built on the same site. It won't take you long to visit but well worth a stop. Don't forget the large...More

Thank peggy b
Reviewed September 20, 2018

This mission was built from very scant historical evidence remaining after its destruction by the Mexican government -- which handed it over to a general for his personal looting pleasure -- after that country's independence. It is not exactly on the same site or oriented...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

The 20th of the 21 California Missions I visited while on a motorcycle trip was Mission San Rafael Arcangel. The Mission was founded in 1817 as the 20th Spanish Mission. It was originally a hospital to treat sick Native Americans since the weather was better...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2018

The original mission complex was founded in 1817 by Father Vincente de Sarria. The chapel, which is all that is left of the original mission was re-constructed in 1949, and located next to a larger Catholic Church. Grounds are nice, but small since located in...More

Thank Dionges1
Reviewed June 22, 2018

Not the best California mission to visit, but a must-see if you are a mission junky as am I. This is not the original mission, but a replica rebuilt on the original site in 1949. The mission itself is very small and will only require...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Walking around downtown San Rafael in search of an old movie house, I turned my head right and saw this amazing mission. Compared to San Juan Capistrano and San Carlos de Borromeo in Carmel or Mission Santa Barbara, which I've visited, this one seems most...More

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Reviewed March 25, 2018

Mission San Rafael is a good Mission and they have a lot of good stuff and they will tell you a lot of stuff about the mission and I just think it's really good. Mission San Rafael was founded by father Vicente de Sarria. When...More

1  Thank jpinedo15
Reviewed December 13, 2017

The mission is in the heart of downtown San Rafael next to a newer Catholic Church. The setting is very nice up a little hill. The mission has been lovingly care for as has the landscaping. A very peaceful spot to enjoy a part of...More

2  Thank GRS-SJS
Reviewed November 12, 2017

I have been visiting all of the California missions. This on is small, but quite nice. Located in downtown San Rafael with lots of metered parking. I found parking within a block of the mission. Nice gift shop and a very pretty large Catholic Church...More

1  Thank Woodpecker48
Reviewed October 2, 2017

St. Raphael's dominates the landscape. A large church at the top of the A Street hill, it is remarkable for its beautiful stained glass windows. It also has a professionally restored series of original paintings by Hector Sebaroli. Mr. Sebaroli was renowned in his day...More

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