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Carmel Mission Basilica
and National Shrine of Blessed Junipero Serra

Carmel Mission Basilica
Founded June 3, 1770, Carmel Mission is one of the oldest buidlings in Carmel Valley. It stands as a monument to the great missionary of the Cross —
Junipero Serra
, who came here to preach the Gospel of Christ and to teach California's Native Americans.

Today, Carmel Mission and its historic church is one of the most popular sites of pilgrimage in the United States for visitors from around the world.

Junipero Serra moved into the Carmel Mission on August 24, 1771. He died on August 28, 1784 and was buried before the main altar at Carmel. In 1961, the Mission was honored and designated as a Minor Basilica by Pope John XXIII. In 1985, Pope John Paul II declared Junipero Serra venerable and in 1988, he was beatified in recognition of his heroic virtues. In 1987, the Pope visited the Mission as part of his U.S. tour.

Carmel Mission Hours
and Self-Guided Tours
Carmel Mission is open to visitors daily for self-guided tours.

Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm
Sun 10:30am-5pm

Docent-led tours are offered on an advanced appointment-only basis.

Docent-Led Guided Tours
All Guided Tours are conducted on an Advance Appointment-Only basis. Tours run approximately 45 minutes. Allow one week notice for scheduling your tour. Visit website for info on admission fees.

You may luck-out (as we did during a recent visit) when we joined a tour already in progress led by a visiting docent.

Mass Schedule
Call or visit website for more info on Mass Schedule.

Weddings at Carmel Mission
Call 831-624-1271 or visit the Carmel Mission web site for more information on Carmel Mission Wedding guidelines and date availability.

Mission Museum Gift Shop
Carmel Mission has a small Museum Gift Shop, located just inside the main entrance (self-guided and docent-led tours also end here).


More Info
3080 Rio Road

Carmel Mission

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