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The Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Río Carmelo

by Jorge Sanchez - 3 years, 9 months ago

In the state of California (USA) there are 21 Spanish Missions, and there are many more (30) in Baja California and Baja California Sur, in Mexico. Every Mission is a wonder, historically and artistically; they all should be in the UNESCO list of Patrimonies of the Humankind. One of the most stunning Mission is the one in Carmel, called San Carlos Borromeo of the Carmel River, in Carmel-by-the-Sea. I travelled first from San Francisco to San José, and then took a bus to Monterey and walked to the Mission in Carmel-by-the Sea. It was open and could go inside. In an adjacent building I saw a school for children, that is ruled by the Mission. I visited the tomb of the founder, the Fray Junípero Serra, from Mallorca Island, Spain. In a plaque I read that several historical personages and travelers had spent the night in that Mission thanks to the hospitality of Father Junípero Serra: Count de La Pérouse, Georges Vancouver, Alejandro Malaspina. I had no much time in California and had to fly to Honolulu to travel to Midway Island, so I could not fulfill my dream to visit on foot the 21 missions, as a pilgrimage (perhaps I will do it in the future). For the moment I had visited six of them in California USA and 5 in the Mexican Península de California. I spent the night inside the Mission, over a wooden bench in the church, which remained open 24 hours a day. In the morning I continued my journey.


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