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“A Wonderful Walk Through History”

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.
Riverside, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Walk Through History”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

My husband and I are touring all of the 21 Missions of California. The San Gabriel Mission and grounds are lovely -- landscaped with flowering plants and cacti. There are displays of Spanish and Tongva Indian culture. There is a small cemetery inside the walls and many objects from the Mission's past are on display. Walls are painted with colorful murals.Hanging grapes were ripening on the arbors, the Chapel has a beautiful Retablo and the Museum is overflowing with Mission history and artifacts. Restored workshops and interpretive displays explain Mission life. Very nice gift shop. Nearby buildings reflect Mission Revival style. There are several nice cafes in the area. Really enjoyable day!

Visited September 2013
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English first
Cutar, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Well kept”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Very well kept mission and one of the best in CA (we have seen most of them). Great museum and great grounds.

Visited August 2013
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Took my 10 yr old son there today and he loved the entire experience. The history and artifacts that they have there are great. I would take him back in a heartbeat!

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Like a Time Capsule”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

So strange to stumble on Mission San Gabriel while out on a dim sum crawl. The bell towers are so vaguely familiar, rebuilt after the Northridge earthquake. It is a lovely peaceful sacred space.

Visited March 2013
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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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