San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey

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The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, also known as the Royal Presidio Chapel, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Monterey, California, United States. The cathedral is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. It was built in 1794 making it the oldest (and smallest) serving cathedral along with St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only existing presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio.Early historyThe church was founded by the Franciscan Saint Junípero Serra as the chapel of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo on June 3, 1770. Father Serra first established the original mission in Monterey at this location on June 3, 1770, near the native village of Tamo. However, Father Serra became engaged in a heated power struggle with Military Governor Pedro Fages, who was headquartered at the Presidio of Monterey and served as governor of Alta California between 1770 and 1774. Serra decided to move the mission away from the Presidio, and in May, 1771, the Spanish viceroy approved Serra's petition to relocate the mission to its current location near the mouth of the Carmel River and the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
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  • Our daughter and son-in-law just had their beautiful wedding in this Cathedral. The interior is lovely and it was a perfect setting. They brought in their own priest so got to have a ceremony that the...  more »
  • Paying to tour a church is not my thing. Those Catholics seem to take advantage of every opportunity to gather in money. I would rather donate to something that actually helps people.  more »
  • Beautifully restored in the last 10 years, San Carlos Cathedral is beautiful to see. Walk around and read the pavers with history posted on them. Mass is celebrated every weekend and is often SRO.  more »
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  • Impressive and worth while to check out the museam next door. Very pretty chuch, lot of california history.
  • Future sacred place where I will merry the love of my life 🐝 . Following her family tradition of receiving the blessing at this magnificent welcoming, friendly, humble, and loveable Cathedral🙏Gracias de todo corazòn 🐣 💞
  • California's oldest Catholic Church.a place full of history.
  • Amazing church built in the late 1700's. So simple yet so beautiful on the inside. Take the short walk around the outside to see a couple statues. Also right next door is a small two room museum run by a sweet and very knowledgeable woman. The encourage walking around inside and out.
  • Thanksgiving Mass here presided by the Bishop—vey beautiful and historic cathedral.
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