4 April 2010
“The Wonderful Carmel Mission”
Driving down Highway one on a weekend vacation, my wife and I arrive at a little town by the name of Carmel. We decide to stop and drive around this beautiful town. We stop at the beach for a while and enjoy the beautiful day. After enjoying the day we leave the beach and drive a different way than when we came in to the town earlier that day; we get lost. As we are trying to get back to Highway one we turn on Rio Road and come onto one of the most beautiful buildings we have ever seen. We decided to get off and look inside; since we saw a parking lot and a couple of cars parked in the parking lot. When we went inside we found out that the beautiful place we were in was the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel Mission. The Carmel Mission is such a beautiful place that everyone needs to experience at least a trip through the mission in his or her lifetime and it also has a very long past that people need to have a knowledge of in order to really enjoy and thoroughly experience their trip through the mission.
According to the National Park Service website the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo mission was first founded in Monterey and moved to Carmel the next year by father Junipero Serra (NPS par 1). Father Serra was looking for a better location for the mission. Father Serra was looking to get away from the mission in Monterey because it was not an adequate place for cropping; nor were there enough Indians living around Monterey that could help with the everyday chores that needed to be attended to at the Mission. Also, father Serra wanted to get as far as possible from the Monterey military. The Carmel mission was founded June 3, 1770, by Juniper Serra (Krell, 83). According to Dorothy Krell, the church that now sits in the mission was begun in1973 and finished in 1979; so that means that father Junipero never saw the construction or the finishing of the final of seven different churches...
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