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#2, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Founded June 3, 1770
by Father Junipero Serra.
Carmel.

Personal Observations

Long ago, I saw this mission from the outside after closing. We visited again the day after Thanksgiving (11-28-03) and to our disappointment, it was closed for the Holidays. I did the best to photograph the mission form the outside. We visited again just a few months later on February 8, 2004. This time we attended a mass and were able to explore the site more thoroughly. Like so many other missions, it is still an active parish.

As a Set Designer, one thing I remember
Photo-Art

most, was the quadrangle where every door was of a different design.

I hope to add photos from our recent visit soon and hope to return again in the fall.

History

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was founded on June 3, 1770 by Father Junipero Serra. It was the second mission established in Alto California. Located on the Monterey Peninsula, a short distance from the City of Monterey, itself, filled with historic sites.

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the California Missions. It served as Father Serra's headquarters and is where he was buried upon his death in 1784. Originally founded in Monterey, after a year the mission was moved to the Carmel Valley which was closer to the native population and better for agriculture.

The church at Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo took four years to construct and was completed in 1797. It is one of only three stone mission churches in California. Other stone churches are at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission Santa Barbara. The church is unusual in that the walls taper inward forming a catenary arch rather than flat as was usual. The Moorish influenced bell tower has an outside stairway.

With secularization, all the mission lands were sold off except the church site. The stone church was abandoned, collapsed in 1851, and stood roofless for 30 years. When a new roof was installed in 1884, the pitch was wrong and was not corrected until 1930. The mission became a parish church in 1933 and has been in the process of being restored since.

Address and Directions

Rio Road
Carmel, California 93923

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is located at the south end of the small community with the long name, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Exit Highway 1 at Rio Road heading west. After about one mile, the mission is on the left. Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo is a few miles south of the historic city of Monterey.

Photography Gallery

Church

Church
Back of church. 11-28-03.
Bell Tower
Bell tower. 11-28-03.
Church
Church. 11-28-03.
Church
Church. 11-28-03.
Gate
Through the garden gate. 11-28-03.
Gate
Through the garden gate. 11-28-03.
Church
Church front, door, and window. 11-28-03.
Window and Bell
Window and bells. 11-28-03.
Cross
Cross. 11-28-03.
Door
Door. 11-28-03.
Church
Church window. 11-28-03.
Bells
Bells. 11-28-03.
Bells
Bells. 11-28-03.
Chaple Interior
Chaple interior. 11-28-03.
Bell Towers
Bell Towers. 11-28-03.
Bell Towers
Bell Towers. 11-28-03.
Bell Towers
Bell Towers. 11-28-03.
Bell Towers
Bell Towers. 11-28-03.






























Grounds

Garden
Garden. 11-28-03.
Garden
Garden. 11-28-03.






Cemetery




Exhibits




Quadrangle









Other Buildings

Garden (11-28-03)

Chaple Exterior
Chaple exterior. 11-28-03.
Chaple Exterior
Chaple exterior. 11-28-03.



Father Serra







gallery links here. On it's way is a new photo gallery.

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