The stone-built church of the Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Carmelo, 'Carmel Mission' rises above the southern district of the picturesque and romantic coastal town of Carmel, California in the United States.
The Carmel Mission was founded in 1771, when Father Juniperro Serra, from Majorca in Spain, was responsible for the building of the first missionary stations in the United States. The Mission possesses one of the most important and beautiful collections of religious works of art in California.
Today, only a few of the former 21 missions are in good condition. They were all once located alongside California’s 600 kilometre King's Road and over the years, Carmel’s unique climate has transformed the Mission’s gardens into an exotic paradise that contributes to the idyllic character of this religious complex.
Right up to the present day, the Carmel Mission has managed to retain several pages of American history that would otherwise have been lost forever.
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