Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Carmelo


Carmel, California 93923


(831) 624-1271

NileGuide Expert tip:

If you are visiting Carmel in the spring or summer, stop by the mission and you might just drop in on one of the hundreds of weddings that take place here every year.


The Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel, more simply known as the Carmel Mission, has a serene simplicity that perfectly matches the town's refined milieu. Visitors often describe feeling at peace as they wander through the mission, which served as the headquarters for the founder of the California mission system, Father Junipero Serra, from 1770 until his death in 1784.

Boasting five museums, the mission addresses every aspect of what life was like here through artifacts, paintings, tapestries, and documents. The highlight of the mission is the The Basilica Church, a registered National Historic Landmark. A catenary ceiling, thirty food reredos, and five foot thick walls are some of the architectural highlights of this photogenic chapel. The mission's collection of Spanish Colonial Liturgical Art and Artifacts are displayed throughout the church.


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