The reredos was hand carved to replicate the original that once stood until 1849 by Harry Downie. Thanks to Mr. Downie for dedicating his life in restoring most of what we see in Mission Carmel and Mission San Juan Buatista today.
In 1784, Father Serra was laid to rest in his beloved Carmel Mission. Padre Crespi, Padre Lopez, and Padre Lausen, founders and co-founders of the missions, friends and colleagues are buried alongside Father Serra.
The original site of Carmel Mission was at the Presidio of Monterey. Father Serra moved Mission Carmel to its present site from lack of good soil and it was too close to the barracks. Carmel Mission was founded on June 3, 1770 and named after Saint Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan.The towers hold 8 bells, most of which are original. Statue of Father Serra. My husband and I said our vows in Mission Carmel 11 years ago this coming August; so of course this is my favorite mission.