Mission San Rafael Arcangel, San Rafael

4.0
#5 of 8 in Historic Sites in Marin County
Mission · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded in 1817 as a medical asistencia ("sub-mission") of Mission San Francisco de Asís. It was a hospital to treat sick Native Americans, making it Alta California's first sanitarium. The weather was much better than in San Francisco, which helped the ill get better. It was not intended to be a stand-alone mission, but nevertheless grew and prospered and was granted full mission status on October 19, 1822.
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  • I have been associated with this institution for well over 40 years. This iconic location is a good representation of classic Catholic lifestyle. My children went to the school. We have been to...  more »
  • Some folks love to see all the California missions and Mission San Rafael Arcangel is certainly well located, right off the 101 freeway in San Rafael.  more »
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  • The website said the church and gift shop are open Mon-sat 9am to 5pm. After driving 2 hours on Tuesday, they were closed. You need to update your website
  • It's ok, but very limited historical architecture and artifacts. Makes for a quick visit, compared to some of the other historic Spanish Missions in California.

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