The Monterey Bay Area Sights

Carmel Mission

  • 3080 Rio Rd. Map It
  • Carmel
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/08/2015

Fodor's Review

Long before it became a shopping and browsing destination, Carmel was an important religious center during the establishment of Spanish California. That heritage is preserved in the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Rio Carmelo, more commonly known as the Carmel Mission. Founded in 1771, it served as headquarters for the mission system in California under Father Junípero Serra. Adjoining the stone church is a tranquil garden planted with California poppies. Museum rooms at the mission include an early kitchen, Serra's spartan sleeping quarters and burial shrine, and the first college library in California.

Sight Information


3080 Rio Rd., at Lasuen Dr., Carmel, California, 93923, United States

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831-624–1271 Ext. ext. 210

Sight Details:

  • $6.50
  • May–Aug., daily 9:30–6:45; Sept.–Apr., daily 9:30–4:45

Updated 05/08/2015


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