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Carmel Mission Basilica

3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923

The Carmel Mission, also referred to as Carmel Mission Basilica, was founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1770, making it the second of the 21 California missions. Though Carmel Mission was founded in Monterey, it was quickly decided that Carmel-by-the-Sea was a more appropriate location for its purpose. The fledgling establishment was moved to the Rio Road site in 1771 and the Carmel mission was dedicated in 1797. Fr. Serra was buried within its grounds.

Carmel Mission is considered the most authentically restored Franciscan mission, and despite its many events and services, the Carmel Mission's courtyard and gardens are peaceful places to meditate or rest. Self-guided and docent-led tours are available; see the Carmel Mission website for more info.

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is still an active parish, providing worshippers opportunities to attend Mass. Mass is held on Wednesday's & Friday's at 12:00pm; Saturday's at 5:30pm ; and on Sunday's at 9:00am & 11:00am. Check the official Carmel Mission website for more information about each Mass.

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3080 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA 93923
Time: From: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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