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Address: 3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9144
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The best of the missions

Don't miss this one - beautifully restored chapel with side altar dedicated to pope's visit. Surrounding the church on all sides are beautiful small gardens that give it a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't miss this one - beautifully restored chapel with side altar dedicated to pope's visit. Surrounding the church on all sides are beautiful small gardens that give it a heavenly touch. Check out the cork oak in the front plaza - amazing!!

Thank Terry D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to at least 10 other California missions during my travels and this is one of the most beautiful. There are beautiful historic artifacts inside as well as outside on the grounds and the architecture itself is a testament to the whole story of Padre Serra and his vision. Mass is still offered on Sundays and I was surprised... More 

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Orion, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carmel Mission is an important piece of California history. For a small fee you can casually meander the grounds of the restored Mission and peruse its story. The Basilica still holds mass daily and is a functioning parish. The courtyards are nicely kept and arrayed with flowers. There is also a small gift shop with interesting souvenirs.

Thank DaveDutton
Raleigh, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This story is amazing that one man could make such a difference in so many people's lives - past, present, and future.

Thank Carol W
Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a Californian who has been to missions, I thought I understood the history, but this was illuminating.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

United States history contains more factual stories than most may care to hear. Yet they are vital to our understanding of the US in the 21st Century. "How was the West won?" is a stimulating question. Exploring and discovering some of the answers is exciting and rewarding. The Carmel Mission holds some great insight to answers of that question. Not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I enjoyed the beach and then moved on to this mission. It's got a nice fountain and with the flowers there are many photo opportunites.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This Mission is one of the many developed by Fra Junipero Serra, who is actually buried beneath the right side of the altar. Don't miss the side rooms, with displays of old statuesand vestments. Also, the grounds have aloe vera "trees" or "bushes". When we were there it was flowering, (January) with a number of hummingbirds in attendance. Look close... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Over the years I have visited a number of California missions. This one stands out to me as visiting in time truly transfers you in time. A whole complex of world long past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Fantastic Mexican style Catholic Church from the 18th century and certainly worth a visit to see the relics from the first settlements in Carmel

Thank AndyMPEngland

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