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San Carlos Cathedral

500 Church St, Monterey, CA 93940-3209
+1 831-373-2628
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Paying to tour a church is not my thing. Those Catholics seem to take advantage of every... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Michael E
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So Cal
Oldest Cathedral in California and 2nd smallest

Beautifully restored in the last 10 years, San Carlos Cathedral is beautiful to see. Walk around... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
gotkona
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Marina, California
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500 Church St, Monterey, CA 93940-3209
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+1 831-373-2628
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Paying to tour a church is not my thing. Those Catholics seem to take advantage of every opportunity to gather in money. I would rather donate to something that actually helps people.

Thank Michael E
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautifully restored in the last 10 years, San Carlos Cathedral is beautiful to see. Walk around and read the pavers with history posted on them. Mass is celebrated every weekend and is often SRO.

Thank gotkona
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was actually my main reason for this trip. Years earlier we had visited on what I hadn't realized was the last day it would be open before a lengthy restoration. It took me almost 11 years to return. The building has been beautifully restored....More

Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love history and stopped in here to take a peek. At $9.50/person, a family of four would be ridiculous. We've been all through Europe with churches way older than this where you can just walk in with donations accepted. So a view from the...More

Thank LuvHaribo
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This historical cathedral is very attractive. The pews are close and narrow. There are a couple of priests two are great homilists.Parking lot is off to the side - a short stroll.

Thank Kerry D
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

In town for golf. Church Sunday morning with beautiful weather. The 7:30 was crowded but seats available.

Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This active cathedral in Monterey is one of the best mission churches established in 1770 by Fr. J. Serra that I've visited. I especially liked that the current border was one of the previous designs in this second oldest stone structure in California. Many different...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

san carlos cathedral is one of the very old historical places to visit while you are visiting downtown Monterey. gives you the fell of old Monterey. just a short visit is required but well worth it. it lies just a few blocks from downtown. you...More

Thank gbangs59
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

We didn’t attend service but just looked around. It is nicely restored and a shame it had to be restored because of an earthquake. You can still see some of the original work and that is awesome.

1  Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

Beautiful cathedral! We had an excellent docent who walked us through the history of the Cathedral. When it was restored, spaces were left to show the original artwork on the building! What a great way to learn about the early founding of Monterey.

Thank Robert C
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GinnyHaciendaHeights
5 June 2016|
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Response from Lynn M | Reviewed this property |
Hi - Sunday Mass times at the San Carlos Cathedral are 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am, 12pm and 5:30pm. Saturday vigil mass is 4pm in English 6pm bilingual Reconciliation is sat 2:30 -3pm or by appointment 831/373-2628 This is... More
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Response from Sarina_Megna | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The San Carlos Cathedral is small and authentic. It is just the same as when it was first built. No gift shop, but a quiet place to reflect. Photos are permitted except during mass.
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