Carmel Mission Basilica3080 Votes Currently Closed
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, this was California’s second mission, and it played a significant role in California’s late 18th century power struggles. The church is today one the most authentically restored churches, with an original bell tower that survives to this day. As such, it’s more than a place of worship; the church hosts concerts, art exhibits, lectures and numerous other community events. There are also four museum galleries that cover the restoration, the history of the Munras Family, and cells that were the living quarters of the first priest here (Father Junipero Serra). There’s also a chapel containing Serra’s vestments. You may hold your wedding at the church too!
Entrance Ticket Details For Carmel Mission Basilica
- USD 4 for seniors, USD 2 for kids.
How to Reach Carmel Mission Basilica
- Bus 94 stop Santa Lucia / Mission
- Bus 24 stop Rio Road / Lasuen
- Mission Ranch
- Gimme Shelter
- Bio Chek
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95% of people who visit Monterey include Carmel Mission Basilica in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
54.75% of people start their Carmel Mission Basilica visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Carmel Mission Basilica
94.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Carmel Mission Basilica
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Carmel Mission Basilica Reviews & Ratings
Peaceful. Quiet and restful place to visit. We came during the week and it was not busy. There were map/brochures available, so we went on a self-guided tour, taking our time walking through and enjoying the buildings and courtyard. Lots of historic displays with detailed signs/markers to give us the full meaning and history of this place. Very lovely!
What a lovely place! You feel as though you have stepped back in time when entering this place. The architecture is just stunning! The gardens are also lovely and everyone here is very kind. I and my husband came close to closing however they let us in and told us what areas are closing first and others that would remain open for another two hours. It was very kind of them, also take into consideration that this is still a working church.
Nice place to visit for a bit of California history, especially if you are into mission history, since Serra and Lausen are both buried here. There is a fee to go into the actual mission grounds, but I found it was worth it. I probably spent an hour and a half here viewing exhibits and taking in the beauty. There is a brief movie that goes into some detail on the restoration of the mission. The grounds and buildings are stunning and give a good glimpse into what it once looked like. There is plenty to look at and read about as you meander through the grounds. I’m glad I went - and in a few years time, I’d probably go again to refresh my memory on this unique part of California history.
This mission was absolutely beautiful. It was rather small but the beauty is possesses makes up for it. The employees were really nice and made sure to inform us about the place and even gave us a map. It has museum features and there is a lot of information regarding the history of the place. The gardens are stunning and you'll end up taking a few pictures here and there. Definitely recommend 10/10.
Went here for a concert, the Christmas Oratorio as part of the Carmel Bach Festival in July 2019. The church definitely has that missionary feel, kinda like The Mission in Santa Barbara, though far less imposing and intimidating. It's also not as big as the one in Santa Barbara. Nevertheless, it's still an interesting place to visit.