The first photo I'd like to share was also submitted as part of Photo of the Week (hosted by Jessica Rogers Photography).
In the early 1800's the Mission was destroyed by Privateer Hipolito Bouchard and was left in ruins until Father Angel Cassanova began to restore it in 1884. Renovations continue today to preserve this historic landmark. (http://www.carmelmission.org/museum/students/history.php, http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/bestof/2010/around-town/)
|An intriguing cemetery with abalone shells marking each grave|
The day that I visited the mission there were back to back weddings being held in the sanctuary. I was able to sneak in for a couple of minutes between ceremonies, but because there were so many people around I didn't get many photos. Still, from the two I have here you can tell it is gorgeous. Hopefully one day I'll be able to return and explore the interior more thoroughly.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission through my viewfinder. If you've missed my early posts on the California Missions series check them out here:
About my Personal Project
California Missions - Part 1, Mission San Diego de Alcala
California Missions - Part 2, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa