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“Beautiful Mission”

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
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$89.00*
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
Ranked #7 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.
Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's not by the Ocean as I had thought but still very beautiful. You enter thru the gift store where you need to purchase tour tickets $6.50 for adut $ 2 for children over 7 I think. There was 2 small museum and of course the church itself. I love to see churches so the money spent forme was worth it.

Thank Jhothi R
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

There was a wedding taking place when we visited so we were not charged admission. Lovely music played by a band in the courtyard. Very colourful flowers. Interesting museum.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

The Carmel Mission is the resting place of Father Serra who founded the mission system in California which runs the length of the State. This particular mission is well preserved and definitely worth a visit

Thank laurence S
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

I call San Carlos Borromeo Mission (usually simply referred to Carmel Mission) the "most uniquely beautiful" California mission because, while it may not be the most beautiful -- Santa Barbara Mission should probably take than honor -- Carmel Mission is nonetheless singularly beautiful, and at the same time absolutely unique among all the California Missions. Its exterior is largely unchanged from at least the nineteenth century, and looks strikingly different than that of any other California Mission in its design and style. Moreover, it contains the final resting place of the Founder of the Missions, Father Junipero Serra, located in front of the main altar. It also has wonderfully well preserved living quarters used by the friars and their assistants, as well as a marvelous museum containing, among other things, the magnificent cenotaph designed and built (but never used) for Father Serra's remains. The interior of the Mission church, although of later design and construction, is also richer, warmer, and more beautiful than that of most of the other missions. The Mission complex is without doubt the single most "must-see" attraction in Carmel.

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

The Carmel Mission is one of the best restored and is in daily use as a part of a lively school. Stunning plantings on both sides of the church. The chapel itself is nicely preserved and decorated, although the roof (quite beautiful) is not of the original design. Apart from the beauty of the place, it is also the burial site of Junipero Serra, well known to every California school kid as the founder of the state's mission chain.
This is definitely a must-visit site, not fare from the ocean drive at the south end of Carmel. There is a small charge for entry.

Thank BlueNWashington
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