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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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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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Historic restored mission from the earliest days of California

This is an old Franciscan mission started in 1770. There is a relatively brief video in one of the outbuildings that explains the founding of the mission as well as others in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 June 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

This is an old Franciscan mission started in 1770. There is a relatively brief video in one of the outbuildings that explains the founding of the mission as well as others in California. The mission church and the surrounding quadrangle and gardens are large and attractive. It is an interesting introduction to California history

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California City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Beautiful mission, enjoyed walking the grounds and visiting the mission. I especially liked reading the history and viewing the first library in California!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

This restored California mission is an outstanding example of the chain of missions established from San Diego (and even Baja) to Northern California. Having fallen into disrepair, reconstruction was begun in the 1920's, and it has been beautifully restored. It is an active church with museum-like qualities and numerous examples of the short-lived Spanish Californio tradition. Very much worth a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

Visiting the Mission is both relaxing and educative . The architecture is really interesting , the gardens really beautiful and the museum is quite informative . A must do when in Carmel !

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

We went on the founders day celebration and it was a treat. All the exhibits were open and there was also somebody ready there ready to explain something .we attended mass there and father Freddie blessed my religious medal. I felt blessed to be here 😇

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Maui, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

Spend a few hours learning about the history of Father Serra and his part in establishing the network of California Missions in the 1700's. A current working church and school with very deep roots in California history. Be sure to take a few moments to go through the several exhibits and museums.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

On a cold rainy day we opted to visit this historic Mission which is where Fr. Junipero Serra is buried. A great deal of time and effort has gone into restoring this beautiful Mission. The basilica is rather impressive and I believe it is an active Parish with an accompanying Elementary School. The buildings are very accessible and the short... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

An unexpected highlight of our trip to Monterrey/Carmel. So good we returned there for a second visit. If you like the history and tradition and architecture of the California Missions, this is one of the best. Also a great visit for photographers. There is such a wealth of beautiful scenery here on the expansive grounds. They have a nice shop... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

This California mission is worth a visit to at least witness the extensive renovations, which have taken place here recently. After the Spanish left California, and Mexico took over, all missions were secularized. Over the years they were abandoned, looted and destroyed. But for well over a century now, most of the California missions have been repaired and restored. The... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2015

The mission buildings and the grounds have been restored to near original condition. We took a self guided tour and were very impressed with the buildings,grounds and displays. If you are in the area and want to see some of the very early CA history I suggest it is time well spent to visit this early mission.

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