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.
The 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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  • Narrow cathedral but packed full of live. Irish priest and multiple families added to the sounds of this active community church. Moderately plain for a cathedral but the subdued view was offset by...  more »
  • The history behind the charming Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo makes a visit worthwhile when in Monterey. Father Junipero Serra first established the original mission in Monterey at this location...  more »
  • Nice historic catholic church in a nice area. Historical building. Family Sunday masses. Traditional catholic.  more »
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  • We were married here 15 years ago and we picked this church as it was where my parents attended when my dad was stationed at Fort Ord. The food bank is a wonderful asset to the community and the ladies there seemed so kind and caring to those who were in need.
  • This is such an amazing church that fills you with love of God and all his children.
  • The Mass is wonderful! Lovely church and Awesome school!
  • Very nice personal quaint service in a historical cathedral. I forgot to put holy water on my head and cross myself when I walked in I think they saw that on Easter when they walked by with the spritzer I got drenched ha ha.
  • Got to pop in while taking a Segway tour of Monterey. Was very cool to see the original hand-painted art on the inside as well as the restoration which sought to preserve the original design.
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