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“Beautiful piece of history”

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
Ranked #5 of 110 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: 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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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful piece of history”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

This mission is really worth seeing. It is lovely and has a lovely garden too. It's like stepping into the past. The church is still active so schedule your visit so you're not there during a service. Parking is limited but not a problem during the week.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“A great example of California mission history”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We spent 2 hours in and out of the grounds of the Mission. The interior had the lights off when we were there but the docent more than made up for the lack of lighting. She was like a walking library and really enlightened us about the church's history and anything else we saw about which we had questions. The interior courtyard was very beautiful and had a full figure statue of Father Serra surrounded by flowers in the flower garden. The docent added to our knowledge of Fr. Serra and the mission's founding and the role Fr. Serra played in establishing other missions along the Pacific Coast.

Part of the building was surrounded by scaffolding when we were there...earthquake proofing we were told. There was an old ~1775 confessional that caught my eye as one of the exhibits inside the museum.

Put this on your list of places to visit. Although it has rest room facilities, we didn't find much to eat. Still, very worth the trip and not far from downtown Carmel.

Visited October 2012
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Menlo Park CA
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208 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“300 years and still existing.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Read about the history of this place. Pity the original Indians that had to put up with the Spanish invaders, and pity the Spanish imperialists,both military and religious. Had to be a rough experience for all of them. Really glad the building still stands.

Visited January 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Worth a quick stop if you're interested”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I have been to several missions in California and found this one quite pretty but disappointing if you want to really learn about the history of the area, the indigenous people who were forced to labor here, and what mission life was really like. I ought to say that I am not Catholic so don't appreciate that aspect of it but I am a Californian interested in the history of my state. I learned a lot more about missions and their impact on the local populations at Mission San Jose and highly recommend that to anyone who is really interested in that aspect of mission history. That said, this mission is very pretty, the grounds are well maintained, and the gift shop is impressive. Worth a quick stop if you're interested.

Visited December 2012
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Coffs Harbour
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Walked up to mission which isn't far but as Carmel lacks footpaths it was quite arduous. Well worth the trip.. lovely buildings and gardens and rich history. Well maintained and friendly gift shop staff. Would recommend visitors pop in.

Visited November 2012
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