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Mission San Rafael Arcangel

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Address: 1104 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-2916
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One of few places of early California history. A simple but attractive place.

Worthwhile to visit if traveling north of the Golden Gate.Not the Duomo of Milano, but the best and oldest we have!

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Charles H
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Generations of families gather for ceremonies, religion based Beautiful architecture humbling atmosphere

Thank Edward N
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Worthwhile to visit if traveling north of the Golden Gate.Not the Duomo of Milano, but the best and oldest we have!

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

What is most impressive about this 200 year-old mission is not only it's history, but that it is a living church and so important to the San Rafael community. A favorite spot for weddings and a school with classes since 1889, there's always activity at this church. The backdrop of San Rafael's hills and it's position relative to the town... More 

Thank Jon from Dallas
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Take a tour of the Mission San Rafael Arcangel; very interesting to visit and experience the Mission nearly 200 years old (1822). Went to a concert this weekend and church was full, a choral concert (Marin Symphony) that was exquisite with carols; and a candle lit portion with audience singing 3 carols at end. I felt the almost 200 years... More 

Thank tripper45
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Went during the weekday. Was busy with school. Didn't go in. Beautiful grounds. Walked around and enjoyed the experience.

Thank Teri W
Roseville, California
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

We traveled there last week with a small group. It has a lovely Chapel and larger church with stunning stained glass. It's a beautiful piece of history. There is literature available for grade school students who are completing mission projects for school. There is a gift shop, school and church on the site. The setting is on a hill in... More 

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Gilroy, California
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

The original church fell into direpair and decay rapidly after the secularization of the churches. Kit Carson was here and Fremont headquartered here shortly, using the church to stable his companies horses.

Thank Norma W
San Rafael, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

If Catholicism holds meaning for you, you would enjoy this stop. On the same site as Mission is a large beautiful functioning church. If you are mostly interested the history aspect of the Mission you may be disappointed. It is small and only takes a few minutes to see without much information about its history posted. If you are in... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Came upon this place when walking through San Rafael, CA. beautiful catholic church with gorgeous gardens, lovely smaller chapel and a terrific historical museum and shop on site to learn about the area. Took about 30 minutes to see everything and church is only open for service on Saturday and Sunday. But the sweet little, cool chapel is open during... More 

Thank WinHe
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

I have visited 18 of the 21 California Missions and I am sad to say this one is a little disappointing. There isn't much of it to see in the first place and very little original structure or foundation which most of the other Missions still have. In and out in about 10 min. flat. You have seen it all.... More 

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