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Carmel, California: San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission Basilica and Museum


About the California Missions:

This is the site of the first of the California Missions, founded by Junipero Serra in 1771. Junipero Serra moved to the area that is now Monterey in 1770, and founded Mission San Under his leadership another seven Missions were founded in California. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988.

Tomb of Blessed Junipero Serra
Tomb of Blessed Junipero Serra

Still an active Parish today, the Mission retains its beautiful simplicity that harkens back to the days when the missions were a centerpiece of evangelization in the New World.

Father Serra is buried here under the floor of the church, just to the left of the altar.

There is an admission charge to the museum, which helps in the upkeep of the facility.

There three daily Masses during the week and, of course, several Masses on Sundays.


Traveling to the Mission in Carmel:

Address: 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923

GPS coordinates: 36° 32′ 32.7372” N, 121° 55′ 12.9036” W

Tel:    +1 (831) 624-1271      Fax:    +1 (831) 624-8050

e-mail: [email protected] (pilgrim services)

Click here for the official website of San Carlos Borromeo Mission and Museum in Carmel, California.

Photo credit: San Carlos Borremeo Mission

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