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“Spanish Mission and Fr. Jupinero Serra”

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Ranked #6 of 113 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits.
Reviewed February 2, 2013

A testiment to his determination and a faithful (no pun intended) restoration in progress to the structure as it first appeared. Pope JP II visited and there is evident of the place he prayed. Museum is interesting in a self guided tour, grounds are pretty but one can appreciate the spartan and austere life these early pioneers had and the sacrifices they made.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This Mission has been beautifully preserved and is an active parish in the Mission chain. The history is almost overwhelming - as alot of it isn't pleasant, which seems to be a common denominator in all the Mission's stories.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

This mission is really worth seeing. It is lovely and has a lovely garden too. It's like stepping into the past. The church is still active so schedule your visit so you're not there during a service. Parking is limited but not a problem during the week.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

We spent 2 hours in and out of the grounds of the Mission. The interior had the lights off when we were there but the docent more than made up for the lack of lighting. She was like a walking library and really enlightened us about the church's history and anything else we saw about which we had questions. The interior courtyard was very beautiful and had a full figure statue of Father Serra surrounded by flowers in the flower garden. The docent added to our knowledge of Fr. Serra and the mission's founding and the role Fr. Serra played in establishing other missions along the Pacific Coast.

Part of the building was surrounded by scaffolding when we were there...earthquake proofing we were told. There was an old ~1775 confessional that caught my eye as one of the exhibits inside the museum.

Put this on your list of places to visit. Although it has rest room facilities, we didn't find much to eat. Still, very worth the trip and not far from downtown Carmel.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Read about the history of this place. Pity the original Indians that had to put up with the Spanish invaders, and pity the Spanish imperialists,both military and religious. Had to be a rough experience for all of them. Really glad the building still stands.

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