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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Founded by Father Junipero Serra in June 3, 1770. Named for Saint Charles Borromeo of Arona, (Bishop of Milan) Italy (Patron saint of Bishops) and the Carmel River that flows near by.

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo was the home of Father Junipero Serra. Father Junipero Serra died peacefully on the 28th of August, 1784 and his remains entombed in the mission.

San Carlos de Borromeo de Monterey
(Royal Presidio Chapel)

This was the first San Carlos de Borromeo church, and was built by Father Junipero Serra and Don Gasper de Portola. The church was built on the old Presidio site, which proved to be an embarrassment to the church because of the sites military association. The mission was moved to a location near the Carmel river and renamed San Carlos de Borromeo de
Early photo circa 1880.
This photo shows a restored Mission around 1884.

Father Serra's tomb


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