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Carmel Mission from the Road (2109, 8”x10”)

Carmel Mission from the Road (2123, 6.5”x8.5”)

Carmel Side View (No Number, 5”x7”)

Carmel Mission (3627, 3”x4”)

Carmel Tower (3629, 3”x4”)

Carmel Tower (2110, 8”x10”)

Carmel Tower (767, 6.5”x8.5”)

Carmel Front (No Number, 5”x7”)

Carmel Front (2122, 6.5”x8.5”)

Carmel Doorway to Mortuary Chapel (2111, 8”x10”)

Carmel Mission (“Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo”) was second in the chain to be built. It was originally founded at Monterey in 1770, moved to Carmel a  year later, and the building completed in 1797. Deemed “most beautiful” for its proximity to sea and river, and its gardens, bell towers, star windows, and vaulted ceiling. Father Junípero Serra kept his headquarters here. Serra served as president of the chain of mission in Alto California for 15 years until his death and founded the first nine missions.


Restoration work spanned 1933-1983. Active preservation work continues today.