There is a jewel along the Monterey-Carmel coastline in California, that shouldn't be missed. It is the Mission San Carlos Borromeo at Carmel. Father Junipero Serra founded the mission in June of 1770. Originally the mission was established on the site of the present presidio Chapel in Monterey. However a year later Father Serra with a group of Indians moved the mission to its present location five miles away in the Carmel Valley - on the other side of the peninsula from Monterey.
Of the 21 missions, of the California Mission chain, the Carmel mission was Father Serra's favorite. He is buried in the alter floor there. Mission San Carlos Borromeo was also the second mission in the chain to be founded.
Earlier this week, I was able to capture scenes that make this mission one of my favorites as well. The structures are not as large as some of the other missions - especially the beautiful Santa Barbara mission; but the details and quaint intimacy create special warmth that cannot be denied.
The California missions were established by the Spanish, during the period of this state's history that predated the more raucous antics of the California Gold Rush which began in 1849.
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