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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

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Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
Phone Number: +1 831-624-1271
10:30 - 17:00
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Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

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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footsteps in a Spanish Mission

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank VacationTiger
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank niobrara66
Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Becker, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a nice attraction if you want a leisurely stroll while also seeing an attraction with historical significance. The courtyard is large and calming. The chapel is cool and an active parish. There is a gift shop and restrooms. There a re also a few out buildings with artifacts to view. We spent less than an hour here, but... More 

Thank Eileen P
Grass Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The mission offers self-tours as well as guides on occasion. It's a history buff's look into the no-so-great past of how the Missions were built all over California. The indigenous people who built most of the buildings and were treated badly for the most part by Junipero Serra. Now, Saint Junípero Serra who headed the church from 1770 until his... More 

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Carmel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Carmel Mission, as it's known locally, was the headquarters of Saint Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary who founded the string of missions in California in the 1700s. It is well restored, and the third restoration was recently completed. It is the resting place of Serra (though not in the sarcophagus of him there), and also of prominent local artist Jo... More 

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Capitola, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Well worth a couple of hours. $4 for Seniors, not sure for others. Docent was great and told is many stories.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The mission is very well kept and quiet with a sense of peace. The courtyard was very lovely. I liked it has its school attached to it knowing the mission is continuing with its educational work in the community.

Thank Simon L
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

It was interesting to visit this mission after having visited the Sonoma Mission about a week earlier. This mission has a lovely church (still actively used) and contains artifacts of religious significance. However, at the Sonoma Mission we learned more about the history of the early period of the missions, particularly the negative experience of the local people. The grounds... More 

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