The Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel Mission) is the second of the 21 California missions and is located 5 minutes away from Carmel River Inn.

Founded by F. Junipero Serra in 1770, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission was originally found 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.

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is considered the most authentically restored Franciscan mission, and despite tits 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 information. Admission to the grounds and mission is $6.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children, and children under 6 are admitted for free. All funds go to the mission restoration project.

Carmel Mission also has four museum galleries that give insight to the history of the both the Monterey Peninsula and all of the California Missions.

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission is still an active parish, providing worshipers may opportunities to attend Mass. Mass is held Monday through Friday at 7am, noon and 5pm; on Saturday at 8:30am and 5:30pm; and Sunday at 7:30am, 11am, 12:30pm and 5:30pm. Check the official Carmel mission website for more information about each Mass.

Couples wishing to marry with the Roman Catholic Church may hold their wedding at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. See the Carmel Mission Website for more information. The proximity to Carmel Mission makes Carmel River Inn an ideal location for Carmel Accommodations when attending events at Carmel Mission. Carmel River Inn offers group rates and out door reception and banquet space.


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