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Small but charming

Set in the middle of downtown San Rafael, mission San Rafael Arcangel is a must see. It is not the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
peggy b
San Rafael, California
A wild-guess reconstruction of historical interest

This mission was built from very scant historical evidence remaining after its destruction by the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2018
Daniel M
Dallas, Texas
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Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built as a hospital, was named for the Angel of Healing.
1104 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-2916
+1 415-456-3016
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

St Rafael is a multicultural Catholic Missikn and parish. There are Masses in Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese. The parish office has information about times. The church community is varied and enthusiastic. The church is vast and beautifully decorated. The missikn is cozy and welcoming with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gogobauer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second attempt in visiting the mission. The first time there was a service in session and we had to wait until it was over to see the inside. On that same visit, the museum and the gift store was closed even though...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Set in the middle of downtown San Rafael, mission San Rafael Arcangel is a must see. It is not the original mission but was built on the same site. It won't take you long to visit but well worth a stop. Don't forget the large...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank peggy b
Reviewed 20 September 2018

This mission was built from very scant historical evidence remaining after its destruction by the Mexican government -- which handed it over to a general for his personal looting pleasure -- after that country's independence. It is not exactly on the same site or oriented...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

The 20th of the 21 California Missions I visited while on a motorcycle trip was Mission San Rafael Arcangel. The Mission was founded in 1817 as the 20th Spanish Mission. It was originally a hospital to treat sick Native Americans since the weather was better...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank timdI3110WX
Reviewed 2 September 2018

The original mission complex was founded in 1817 by Father Vincente de Sarria. The chapel, which is all that is left of the original mission was re-constructed in 1949, and located next to a larger Catholic Church. Grounds are nice, but small since located in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Not the best California mission to visit, but a must-see if you are a mission junky as am I. This is not the original mission, but a replica rebuilt on the original site in 1949. The mission itself is very small and will only require...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Walking around downtown San Rafael in search of an old movie house, I turned my head right and saw this amazing mission. Compared to San Juan Capistrano and San Carlos de Borromeo in Carmel or Mission Santa Barbara, which I've visited, this one seems most...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Mission San Rafael is a good Mission and they have a lot of good stuff and they will tell you a lot of stuff about the mission and I just think it's really good. Mission San Rafael was founded by father Vicente de Sarria. When...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

The mission is in the heart of downtown San Rafael next to a newer Catholic Church. The setting is very nice up a little hill. The mission has been lovingly care for as has the landscaping. A very peaceful spot to enjoy a part of...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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26 December 2018|
Response from Don T |
Check their web site or call. During the Holidays hours may be limited. However, most CA Missions I have visited open almost every day except major Holidays.