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Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borromeo)
Carmel California


Carmel Mission is close to the heart of California sentimentalists, with its mellow stone, quiet courtyards, and historic associations. It is located on a south-facing slope above Carmel Bay. After secularization of the missions it fell into picturesque ruin, but has been painstakingly restored.

The mission was founded by Father Serra in 1770 in Monterey, but moved over the hill to Carmel the next year. Serra came back here to die in 1784 and was buried in a redwood coffin. In 1943 and again in 1987 his body was exhumed and reinterred, part of a process to confirm the identity of the remains as part of the process of beatification. He was elevated to sainthood in 2015 and given the title Apostle of California.



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The entry courtyard at Carmel Mission

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The historic cemetery at Carmel Mission

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The meditation garden at Carmel Mission

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Next to the tower at Carmel Mission

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In the church at Carmel Mission

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Next to the altar in the Carmel Mission basilica

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The Serra Chapel and effigy at Carmel Mission

(December 13, 2005)


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