Carmel Mission

The Misson San Carlos Barromeo del Río Carmelo, or simply known as the Carmel Misson, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a US National Historic Landmark.  It was the second mission built by Franciscans in California.  It is the only one of the California Missions to have its original bell tower.

About a third of the way up the center of the nave.  This is still an active church with several Masses being celebrated on Sunday morning.  I was there so early that I was able to get good access as soon as the gates opened without disturbing those who came before Mass to reflect and pray.

This is a small chapel off the nave.  There are just a couple of benches in the room.

There is no stained glass windows in the nave.  There are just a few windows in smaller rooms.  The thickness of the walls suggest it was made of adobe.

This is a simple mission.  It is elegant and extremely well maintained. This is a side view.

The side of the mission.

Early morning churchgoers in front of the main entrance.

This is a cork oak.  I have never heard of such a tree, but it is gorgeous.

This is only part of the cemetery.  At first I thought these were rocks that had been painted white.  Not so!  They are Abalone shells.  They are put there to represent hundreds of indigenous people and be reminded of their long term presence in the region, their rich culture and humanity and the importance that they still hold for their descendants today.

As you enter the main courtyard to the mission you might miss this.  Look back towards the gate and this would be on your right.

This statue would be on your left.

This is a cenotaph.  It is a tribute to Father Junipero Serra who is buried in the Mission.

Items from the alter during the time of Father Junipero Serro.  The room is protected by a glass window.

One of Father Serro's vestments.

Just a part of a large courtyard with many flower beds.  The rooms in the back were used for lodging.

A meditation courtyard.  This is on your left as you enter.

This is on your right.

Just before I left, this artist set up to paint a miniature oil painting of the statue just inside the gate.  He donates his miniatures to a local gallery who sells them and the proceeds are donated to the Mission's Foundation to be used for restoration and maintenance.

This is my challenge photograph of the morning.  I wanted a long view.  This image gives you a perspective of how large the nave is and how it lacks windows.  It was shot with a wide lens.  But, I could not get the chandeliers out of the way to see the alter at the end.  I tried getting down and shooting up (a disaster).  So I walked up towards the alter . . . the first image shown above.