The second mission on El Camino Real, Mission Carmel, or Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, moved from its original location to where it rests today, just one year after it was established in 1770 by Father Serra. The move protected Indigenous people from the badgering soldiers that were housed nearby. Carmel was identified as mission headquarters until 1803. After secularization, Carmel survived years of neglect and stood without cover for 30 years. Restoration efforts began in 1884, and thanks to the direction of Harry Downie, a leading authority on mission architecture, Mission Carmel displays an authentic representation of its original design, with the original walls intact.
Look for our black cat, Casper, purrched way up in the bell tower! He's our official mascot, which means you'll possess an authentic Cat's Meow.
This ¾" thick wooden replica is handcrafted in the U.S. to reflect its historical features. It can set neatly on a shelf, wainscoting, or window/door trim to remind you of a special place you've visited or dream of visiting someday. A short description is written on the back.