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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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+1 831-624-1271
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Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in...

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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Fantastic Basilica

We attended Sunday mass here and the church is beautiful. The grounds are so historic having been established in 1771.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We attended Sunday mass here and the church is beautiful. The grounds are so historic having been established in 1771.

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SAN JOSE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended Mass, toured grounds and museum and bought a few interesting items in the gift shop.Visited several times over the years but first time able to attend Mass. Very nice service and of course beautiful and interesting church. Wonderful weather.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Lots of history in the building! I heard that it was just recently renovated to be more structurally sound in the event of an earthquake. They left "peek a boo" spots in the wall to see the original building materials and stone. Very pretty, old fashioned church. Mass schedule can be found on line.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We visited the Mission on our way to Big Sur for a day of hiking. We spent about 2 hours there and it was well worth the time. The Mission is beautiful and not too big, but there's enough to see to justify the time and the admission cost. Take the time to read the plaques and see the museum.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Beautiful church, buildings and surrounding gardens. It has a very interesting museum that is worth taking the time.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This mission is one of the oldest, and was home to Junipero Serra for some time. It has remnants of the first library in California, dating back to the late 18th century. The mission was restored in the 1930s and is very well maintained, with small museums on the ground and signboards explaining the history of the mission. Worth an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

walking along the corridors, the deserts palms and coloured cacti, seeing dust whipped up by the wind, was as if Father Junipero Serra was around the corner carrying out his ministry to the native dwellers in the 1770’s, about as long ago as the founding of the US the sky was starting to get dark as we were arriving for... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Beautifully restored and maintained. Excellent gift shop. Wonderful historic museums. The staff are very knowledgable, gracious and helpful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This place has stunning architecture, peaceful gardens, peaceful grounds to walk in and a great place to learn about the El Camino Real history. I love the fences, wrought iron, lights and buildings throughout. Father Serra would have loved to see how well this mission is cared for in modern times.

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Monterey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were not sure what to expect when decided to go in. The parking was a great challenge, but worth the wait. The whole yard had a magical feeling to it. It was like time stopped a 100 years ago. we spent about an 70 min there but could have done an other half an hour easily. The museum bit... More 

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