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“Lovely setting”

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
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US$89.00*
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
Ranked #6 of 112 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

There was a wedding taking place when we visited so we were not charged admission. Lovely music played by a band in the courtyard. Very colourful flowers. Interesting museum.

Thank yorkielyn
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"grounds are lovely"
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

The Carmel Mission is the resting place of Father Serra who founded the mission system in California which runs the length of the State. This particular mission is well preserved and definitely worth a visit

Thank laurence S
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I call San Carlos Borromeo Mission (usually simply referred to Carmel Mission) the "most uniquely beautiful" California mission because, while it may not be the most beautiful -- Santa Barbara Mission should probably take than honor -- Carmel Mission is nonetheless singularly beautiful, and at the same time absolutely unique among all the California Missions. Its exterior is largely unchanged from at least the nineteenth century, and looks strikingly different than that of any other California Mission in its design and style. Moreover, it contains the final resting place of the Founder of the Missions, Father Junipero Serra, located in front of the main altar. It also has wonderfully well preserved living quarters used by the friars and their assistants, as well as a marvelous museum containing, among other things, the magnificent cenotaph designed and built (but never used) for Father Serra's remains. The interior of the Mission church, although of later design and construction, is also richer, warmer, and more beautiful than that of most of the other missions. The Mission complex is without doubt the single most "must-see" attraction in Carmel.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

The Carmel Mission is one of the best restored and is in daily use as a part of a lively school. Stunning plantings on both sides of the church. The chapel itself is nicely preserved and decorated, although the roof (quite beautiful) is not of the original design. Apart from the beauty of the place, it is also the burial site of Junipero Serra, well known to every California school kid as the founder of the state's mission chain.
This is definitely a must-visit site, not fare from the ocean drive at the south end of Carmel. There is a small charge for entry.

Thank BlueNWashington
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

the museum part is spread across the mission so you won't get a well structured view of the history of the place - more like a series of anecdotes. The surroundings are beautiful so the place seems more like walking through a garden than a museum. You enter the mission through what feels like a merchandize shop for your local sports team - odd. Good place to spend a relaxing hour or so

2  Thank Andreas B
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