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Address: Church St, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: +1 831-373-2628
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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It was nice to visit from So Cal. Random volunteer let us know a lot about the history of the Church. The best part was a portion of the wall from about 200 years ago is still... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Orange, California
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Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was nice to visit from So Cal. Random volunteer let us know a lot about the history of the Church. The best part was a portion of the wall from about 200 years ago is still visible (under protective case of course).

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Georgetown, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

California owes so much of its history to Spanish missionaries. Just look at some of the names: San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, etc. The Cathedral is a relatively small, simple building dating to 1794. It was renovated in the 1940s, but examples of the original walls are preserved behind plexiglass panels. Note: This is an active church... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Great stop at the oldest church in CA. National Historic Registry. Some of the original building is shown through plexiglass. $4 to light a candle.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

If you don't have time in your schedule to visit one of the missions in Carmel, stop here for a quick step through the doors of history. It was founded in 1770 by Junipero Serra as Mission San Carlos, but a year later, the mission was moved to Carmel. This church remained here in Monterey, and is the oldest active... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Check this out if you are in the area. A great place to reflect and chill out, It is very pretty and worthy of a visit

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Carmel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Convenient to downtown Monterey, lots of parking a welcoming & uplifting experience. They even have coffee & donuts afterward when you can have a chat with the parishioners and maybe even the pastor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Small, but full of history. Went to mass on Saturday. Church is the diocese church of Monterey. Good to see.

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

The oldest continuing house of worship in the state of California. Mass has been said here since it was founded by St. Junipero Serra in 1770. We attend the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday. Great parish community. Also a lovely place of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

This cathedral is an interesting but of history. After checking out the architecture and religious-based art, a short walk up the hill connects it to the San Carlos Cemetery. Whether you enjoy looking at all the different markers - from giant vaults to simple rocks - it is an interesting walk. It's also very peaceful and scenic with giant oaks... More 

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Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Facing out onto a field used by the school, and sitting at the top of a rise, this quaint small church is humble, yet majestic. Opening the door, a statue of St. Charles Borromeo hovers over the holy water font. The flat wooden roof reminded me of old Mission Delores, but the brightness from the windows made viewing the oil... More 

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