San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission
A National Historic Landmark
The San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, otherwise known as the Carmel Mission, is one of the oldest Spanish Missions in California. It was founded in 1771 by Father Junipero Serra who is buried on the site. The Carmel Mission has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service and is an active Roman Catholic Church, holding mass on a daily basis. In addition to mass, the Mission hosts weddings, art and cultural events, and numerous other Carmel community events.
The Carmel Mission serves as a museum preserving and displaying the cultural heritage of the Mission and of the Monterey Peninsula. We hope you will enjoy our video of this historic landmark and plan a visit to this California treasure. When planning a visit to the Carmel Mission we hope you will stay at the Carmel Mission Inn, located just 6 blocks or a short 12 minute walk from the Mission.
The history of Carmel Mission (San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission) takes place over more than 200 years. Carmel Mission was established in 1770 and is still regarded as one of the major cultural and historic landmarks in California and in the Carmel community.
Carmel Mission is home to several museums including the Downie Museum, the Mora gallery, the Munras Museum of precious artifacts, and the Convento museum in honor of the Mission’s founder, Junipero Serra.
The overall design of the mission is a combination of Spanish and Moorish influences. One of the most unique features about the architecture of Carmel Mission Basilica is its stone church.
Carmel Mission has been a part of the Carmel Community since 1771 and has continued to offer a beautiful and historical place to take part in worship, celebration, and education.