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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

Quilt Design and images Copyright by Susan Plack 1999

Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Carmelo was the second mission founded in the California mission system. It was founded on June 3rd 1770 by Father Junipero Serra at the Presedio in Monterey. Father Serra soon discovered that the Bay of Monterey was not good farmland, and moved the mission to Carmel. Mission San Carlos was Father Serra’s home base during the 15 years he spent founding the missions. He was buried at San Carlos after his death in 1784.

Over the years, seven different churches were built at the mission. Most mission churches were built with adobe walls. San Carlos was one of the few that had skilled artisans residing there and built the final church using stone. The walls of the church taper inward forming a catenary arch, rather than the usual flat ceiling. The church took four years to build with construction finishing up in 1797.

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