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“Almost Missed It”

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Soledad
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We were traveling from Atascadero to Monterey/Carmel and checking out missions along the way. We missed this one in Soledad, but caught it on the way home. It was hard to find as we were expecting something much larger like the other missions we had visited. That being said, this one has a nice gift shop staffed by friendly and knowledgeable staff and free displays. Some missions have charges. The mission was destroyed by floods and rebuilt. There are original foundations and walls still left onsite. It is a small mission, but one worth visiting.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

To really appreciate this mission you have to first stop in the Visitors Center. They have an excellent display that summarizes not only the Mission saga, but also the restoration of the mission, using authentic processes (e.g. using mud, clay and straw to build bricks) by the California Conservation Corp during the depression years. THEN tour the grounds. It's an entire mission, not just a mission chapel.

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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I have visited almost every mission in California, and this was one of my least favorite, but it wasn't the worst.
The location is ugly, since the surrounding area is all fields. The grounds, and the mission itself aren't very nice either. There is also an Indian cemetery, and remains of an Indian mud wall.
What I liked most about this mission, is that it's in a really rural area, off the beaten path, so not very many tourists know about it, so you can have the whole place to yourself, and let your imagination run wild. We got there early morning, and the mission was closed, so we didn't get to see the interior, but we got to walk around the grounds.
I wouldn't recommend a special trip here. I would just stop here if you are passing through Soledad or King City.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

We arrived after closing but the grounds were still open so we looked around. The outside is nice and in the back they have some of the original walls of the old mission. They also have original grave sites that they have fixed up and placed plaques on.

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Small, but one of my favorite California misions,with La Purissima and San Antonio. All of them very different structures, but what they have in common: they're not located in a city or a park, but out in the country. Mostly in not very much developed surroundings, which gives them a very authentic feel. Nice warm breeze over the mountains at this one helps too. You can forget time and just sit or wander around. The lady that worked here, loved it, and we did too. By the way, remote as it may seem, it's safety-controlled by camera.

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