Carmel Mission : Spanish Mission in California. (part 6)

Now,  we arrived in Carmel to  visit the  Mission. I knew it was going to be interesting as it was the second mission founded  by Fr. Junipero Serra. This place is also called The Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo Del Rio Carmelo. Most people will  say : Carmel Mission. It is easier ! Today the Mission and its historic church is one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage in the USA for visitors from all over the world. We visited as soon as it opened its doors. It was  September and certainly not too crowded. Still , we are not alone and we can take our time to see it all. A beautiful place!  The Mission was  founded in June 1770  but really  many restorations has to be done over the years and are still done now. We saw some men working outside in front of the church.

Here is a bit of history:

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission or Mission Carmel, is a Romanc Catholic  mission church in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

The mission was the headquarters of the Alta California missions headed by Father Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784. It was also the seat of the second presidente, Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. The mission buildings had fallen into disrepair by the mid-19th century, but were restored beginning in 1884. It remains a parish church today. It is the only one of the California Missions  to have its original bell tower dome.   The mission also serves as a museum, preserving its own history and the history of the area. DSC00377

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Beside the Basilica , a cork oak ( could be more than 110 years old). Museums and  gift shop, so much to see  but still we did not want to spend  to whole day   here. We were happy with  our visit and ready to see more of California.


5 thoughts on “Carmel Mission : Spanish Mission in California. (part 6)

  1. Bon je savais bien que çà allait finir par arriver, parce que, avec le temps exécrable que l’on a ici ce matin, tes images sont…un vrai “souplice” Brrrrrrrrrr!!! :-)))

    Hey Ho! Je reconnais la touriste sous le vieux chêne et c’est tout beau ! 😉

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