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[photo] Carmel Mission
Photo courtesy of California Division of Tourism; Jeff Gnass photographer

The restored Carmel Mission, a National Historic Landmark, was founded in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra, the second of the chain of California missions. The mission served as the headquarters from which Serra directed the expanding mission system of California. The mission was under the jurisdiction and protection of the Presidio of Monterey. It was moved to its present location in 1771 and in 1793, the present stone church was begun under the supervision of Father Lasuen--Father Serra's successor. The church was constructed of sandstone and surfaced with stucco. The interior of the Carmel Mission Church is notable for its wood tunnel vault in the shape of a parabolic arch.

Mission San Carlos de Borromeo de Carmel is located at 3080 Rio Rd., Carmel. The mission is open Monday-Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm, Sunday 10:30am to 4:30pm. For more information visit the website or call 831-624-1271.


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