The Mission at Carmel was founded by Father Junípero Serra in 1770 as the second of Spain's California missions. The original church here was built of adobe and was replaced with the current structure in 1797. This mission was known as Father Serra's favorite in California, and he is buried at the altar. There is a beautiful garden full of flowers beside the church.
The sign on the front door says entrance is an expensive $5, but we stopped in one Sunday and the gates were wide open to visitors. We spent about 45 minutes here walking around the church, school, gardens, and cemetery.
The Roman Catholic Church officially considers Father Serra as "Blessed," the second of three steps towards sainthood. When Father Serra died in 1784 he had established nine California missions and baptized 6,000 Indians, about 10 percent of the California Native American population. Take that you pagans.
The Monterey County Weekly "Best Of 2006 Readers' Picks" named Carmel Mission as the best Architectural Treasure in Monterey County!
The Carmel mission is located a short driving distance away from the scenic drive route.
This is a 150 year plus old mission.
The architechture and detail are spellbindingly pretty as is the garden. Be sure to take your time in appreciating this place.
There is a souvinier shop in the back as well as free guided tour once a day.
Admission is S4 for adults, free for children under 12.
It would be a shame to visit Carmel without making time to stop by the mission to get a sense of Old California before the shops, motels and rush of modern times.
Visit the church interior and take in the art and atmosphere.
Enjoy a quiet moment in the gardens.
Learn about mission life in the museum rooms.
Support the church by picking up your postcards and souvenirs in the giftshop.
Carmel Mission, one of the long string of Missions that stretches along the length of California, established by Father Junipero Serra. In my opinion it's one of the jewels in this string of pearls. It's also where Fr. Serra is entombed.
Visitors will find an ancient cemetary, a lovely museum and a church where Masses are held on a regular schedule.
Part two of My Carmel Mission tip with more pictures around the famous Carmel Mission Church otherwise known as the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, one of the 21 spanish missions along the california area and was relocated to Carmel from Monterey in 1771 by the Blessed Juniperro Serra.
The Carmel Mission was the headquarters of the original upper Las Californias Province missions headed by Father (Blessed) Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784. The Carmel Mission of one of the things to do in this Small Town of Carmel By the Sea and is a must for religous travellers and for history buffs.
Visiting hours at the Carmel Mission are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Mission is closed Easter Sunday and Monday, Thanksgiving, and over the Christmas holidays from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26. Admissions for upkeep and restoration are $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, $2.00 for children ages 7 and up (free for children under 6).
Taken inside the kitchen of the Carmel Mission. Interestingly, the Mission named after San Carlos Borromeo was the second Mission built by Father Junipero Serra and the first in northern California. The Museum has a detailed history of Mission life and of Father Serra, who retired and was buried in Carmel.