San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, 1771, is the site of The Carmel Mission Basilica and National Shrine of Blessed Junipero Serra, who founded the California Missions and is buried in the Church. Peaceful is the word of the entire grounds that overlook the sea with the hill top view of mountains to the inland side, making a visit to these grounds a must when in the Carmel area.
Tours are given as well as self-guided tours of the entire grounds. I found the museum and buildings to be well worth a stop alone, but combined with the historic background and the burial site of the founder, I believe it to be very educational and emotional as well, no matter what faith or belief you may have. Check out the Mission website for all the facts and figures regarding this Mission.
A view of the beautiful Steeple of the Carmel Basilica from the courtyard. The wooden cross seen in the background is the site of the first cross first erected by Father Serra in 1770. The Church is beautiful and one can see a Moorish influence in its architecture.
I loved the visit to the Basilica. I took some time to look around in the mission and feel the peaceful and quiet atmosphere. In the rooms you could see how life here used to be. It just works on my imagination when I look at it....
Just take a moment and look at this room, see the bed, no more than some pieces of timber... the cross, the wooden chair and the little writing desk. There is nothing at all on the walls and looking down I see the seemingly cold stone floor.... doesn't that make you think? Could you live like this?
I would have loved to have stayed here a bit longer and soak in a bit more of this serene atmosphere. But I had to move on, otherwise I would never arrive in San Simeon in the evening. But I was here long enough to get a good impression, and I would say this mission is really worth a visit.
Visiting hours :
Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 4:15 pm
Sunday 10:15 - 4:15 pm
June 1 - August 31 : 9:30 - 7:15 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm
Sunday :7, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30