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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  • This historical cathedral is very attractive. The pews are close and narrow. There are a couple of priests two are great homilists.Parking lot is off to the side - a short stroll.  more »
  • In town for golf. Church Sunday morning with beautiful weather. The 7:30 was crowded but seats available.  more »
  • This active cathedral in Monterey is one of the best mission churches established in 1770 by Fr. J. Serra that I've visited. I especially liked that the current border was one of the previous designs ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • nice blessing of the animals service every year
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