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Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission, is a Roman Catholic mission church, founded on June 3, 1770. It was named for Charles Borromeo, an archbishop of Milan, and was the site of the first Christian confirmation in Alta, CA. The Esselen and Ohlone Indians who lived near the Mission, called the place Ekheya. They were subsequently trained as plowmen, shepherds, cattle herders, blacksmiths, and carpenters. They also made adobe bricks, roof files and tools needed to build the Mission. There's something of a controversy regarding the Mission system in general, which utilized compulsory labor according to some historians. Numbers continued to dwindle, and by 1823 there were only 381 persons attached to the mission. It was raided by a French privateer in 1818, and was in ruins when the Roman Catholic Church regained control of it in 1863. Father Angel Cassanova undertook its restoration in 1884. In 1931, it became an independent parish, and was designated as a minor Basilica by Pope John XXIII in 1961. It's also been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. In 1987, Pope John Paul II visited it as part of his US tour. It remains an active parish church and is a popular tourist destination also. Approximately 3,800 baptisms and a thousand weddings per year are held here.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1219] (2138)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-12-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-11-16 14:13
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