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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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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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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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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
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Beautiful cathedral

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Maryland
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 15 November 2016

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

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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Becker, Minnesota
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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 

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Grass Valley, California
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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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