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“Worth Traveling To!”

Mission San Gabriel Archangel
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Owner description: Mission founded in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra, originally from Cordova, Spain, who wanted to share his religious faith with the inhabitants of the New World.
Northern California
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Worth Traveling To!”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This was the last of the 21 California Missions our family visited. You must take the time to visit. It is beautiful and well maintained. Not much original, but still very worthwhile. We loved it!

Visited July 2012
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English first
Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“visit the area around the mission as well”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stopped off here on our way to Pasadena - if we can, we visit the Californian missions as we are interested in early Californian history.

There isn't a lot of parking around the area but we found some on Mission Drive. As well as looking at the mission, we followed the historic walking tour that can be downloaded from the San Gabriel website www.sangabrielcity.com and which takes in the mission, Plaza park, and the Old Grapevine.

There is a self guided tour of the mission and it's museum which is worth taking - $5 adults/$3 children.

Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“historic and lovely”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

We went on a "work day" so things were kinda quiet, but that made it all the better to just sit in the garden and be at peace.

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Pomona, California
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Missions”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

I've been visiting California missions over the last few years. (I'm an atheist, former Catholic.) My favorite by far is San Juan Capistrano. They call theirs a 'basilica'. I've seen the Basilica in Rome. Capistrano will give you a glimpse of the money, like the Vatican does. The other missions, like San Gabriel aren't nearly as special. I pay special attention to what population built the missions and how they were treated. Fascinating!

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Thank Hedthree G
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NYC
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Interesting but not must-see”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The San Gabriel Mission has a self-guided tour. While it was interesting (and not expensive), it was not something that should not be missed.

Visited October 2012
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