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offically "Mission San Carlos Borrome Del Rio Carmelo", sits behind adobe walls in a
quiet area of Carmel. Carmel Mission is considered one of the most
beautiful missions in the chain of nine missions that stretches along
California’s Central Coast.
offers the visitor peaceful grounds. Founded in 1770, Carmel Mission was
the second of the Alta California Missions. For more than 30 years
Carmel Mission was the seat of power for the chain of missions on the
In 1836, Carmel
Mission was abandoned and its lands were sold off; after that it quickly
fell into ruin. Two restoration attempts in 1884 and 1924 both failed.
It wasn’t until 1931 that a research and restoration program was
started, which would bring the Mission into the form you see today.
A self-guided tour
of the Mission can be taken on which you will see two separate museums,
a replica of the Mission’s kitchen and library, and a recreation of
Father Serra’s ascetic “cell.” At the foot of the main altar lies the
final resting place of the founder of the Californian Missions, Padre
Junipero Serra, who died in 1784 at the age of 71.
Carmel Mission was designed by a
stonemason from Mexico City, and features Moorish architectural elements
including a bell tower and golden exterior.
Where you go
Carmel Mission is
located on Lasuen Drive off Rio Road in Carmel.
What you do Self Guided tours are
available of Carmel Mission along with gardens, museum and gift shop. Visit website or call831-624-1271.
When to go Monday thru Saturday 9:30am
- 4:30pm Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm.
Picture courtesy of
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau