California Missions, Monterey
This is a great walking tour of the historic Spanish and Mexican era sites in Monterey, all doable within a couple hours at most, even 1 hour if quick. They include several Spanish-Mexican era adobes still surviving, the Presidio Chapel, and Colton Hall, where the California Constitution was created and signed in 1849. The walking tour information is available in the city or on the website below, with pamphlets available.
Built in 1771, the second (and favorite) mission of Father Junipero Serra's. This mission also acted as Serra’s headquarters. It is officially called Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmel. Inside the main Basilica, in front of the altar, is the burial place of Fr. Serra and his closest friends. To the left of the Basilica is a museum dedicated to the artwork of the mission, leading into a large courtyard.
Luscious gardens fill the walls of the mission, along with an anonymous cemetery in honor of the native people with whom the mission worked. Hours of visitation are limited during the week due to an active elementary school attached to the mission, but the museum and the interior buildings are open year-round, just call for hours.
Located in nearby Carmel by the sea, this is the 3rd Mission completed by the Spanish in California and is the final resting place of the founding father of California missions, Father Junipero Serra.
Located about a mile South of Carmel, Carmel Mission is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all California Missions.
Father Junipero Serra established this mission June 3, 1770 and here was where he made his headquarters for mission work.
Father Serra was buried in the sanctuary beside the altar of this church.
The Carmel Mission was founded in 1770 by Fray Junipero Serra. After his death the Mission begins a process of neglect until 1924 when it was restored. The room of Fray Junipero Serra, the kitchen, the church, the cloister and the garden are all very nices and calm places to see.
California Missions - Take day trips from Monterey into the countryside to tour the missions in the area. Follow this link for info on each of them: