Carmel Mission Panorama - Carmel, CA

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    Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission, is a Roman Catholic mission church in Carmel, California. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

    It was the headquarters of the original upper Las Californias Province missions headed by Father Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784.

    The mission also was the seat of the padre presidente, Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen. It was destroyed in the mid-19th century, only to be restored beginning in 1884. It remains a parish church today. It is the only one to have its original bell tower dome.

    The mission, first established on June 3, 1770, in nearby Monterey, (near the native village of Tamo), was named for Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, Italy. It was the site of the first Christian confirmation in Alta California. In May, 1771, the viceroy approved Serra's petition to relocate the mission to its current location near the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Serra's goal was to put some distance between the mission's neophytes and the Presidio of Monterey, (the headquarters of Pedro Fages, who served as military governor of Alta California between 1770 and 1774, with whom Serra was engaged in a heated power struggle). The original site continued to operate as the "Royal Presidio Chapel" and later became the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo. "Mission Carmel" (as it came to be known) was Serra's favorite and, being close to Monterey (the capital of Alta California), served as his headquarters. When he died on August 28, 1784, he was interred beneath the chapel floor.

    The Esselen and Ohlone Indians who lived near the mission were taken in and trained as plowmen, shepherds, cattle herders, blacksmiths, and carpenters. They made adobe bricks, roof tiles and tools needed to build the mission. In the beginning, the mission relied on bear meat from Mission San Antonio de Padua and supplies brought by ship from Mission San Diego de Alcalá. In 1794, the population reached its peak of 927, but by 1823 the total had dwindled to 381. On November 20, 1818, French privateer Hipólito Bouchard raided the Monterey Presidio, before moving on to other Spanish installations in the south. The mission was in ruins when the Roman Catholic Church regained control of it in 1863. In 1884 Father Angel Casanova undertook the work of restoration. In 1931, Monsignor Philip Scher appointed Harry Downie to be curator in charge of mission restoration; it became an independent parish two years later. In 1961, the mission was designated as a minor basilica by Pope John XXIII. In 1987, Pope John Paul II visited the mission as part of his U.S. tour. As a result, of his dedication, the Carmel mission church is one of the most authentically restored of all the mission churches in California.

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    1. manfred-hartmann 20 months ago | reply

      ... this is a wonderful picture!!
      lovely shot ...

      have a wonderful day :-)

    2. Kay Gaensler 20 months ago | reply

      Another wonderful panorama chris and it looks fantastic viewed in large!

    3. Leonardo Martins 20 months ago | reply

      Beautiful constructions and great photo!

    4. Gary~ [deleted] 20 months ago | reply

      Magnificent photo...

    5. regenaxe 20 months ago | reply

      Another great picture Chris

    6. RafaAntrax 20 months ago | reply

      Wow; great work; congratulations :D

    7. Photocre8 20 months ago | reply

      Chris, I love this so much more at night! I've taken photos there during the day, and it just doesn't show as well! Wonderful work!

    8. dlholt 20 months ago | reply

      Neat scene. I like the tree.

    9. sarajil ~ 20 months ago | reply

      stunning shot

    10. simon james_f 20 months ago | reply

      You really do know how to pull off these panos Chris. Excellent work again!

    11. Emilio Segura López 20 months ago | reply

      excelente foto, felicidades

    12. 娜 娜☂Nana 19 months ago | reply

      So beautiful landscape.... superb colors !! : )

    13. 娜 娜☂Nana 16 months ago | reply

      What a splendid scenery...Gorgeous processing !

    14. Jotha Garcia 16 months ago | reply

      Buena composicion y excelente tratado

    15. Trattopen 16 months ago | reply

      Great backlit!

    16. imagejoe 11 months ago | reply

      FantastiC !!! FAV !!!!! JOE>

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