Thursday, November 8, 2012

Philatelic Photographs: Carmel Mission Basilica Belfry - Carmel, CA

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Carmel Mission Basilica Belfry
Carmel, CA
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N36° 32.562; W121° 55.195

Quick Description: 

Belfry at the Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo in Carmel California.

Long Description:

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo, aka Carmel Mission, is a Roman Catholic Basilica in Carmel. The mission was founded in 1770 in Monterey and relocated into its present location in 1791. It was headed by Father Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784. Farther Serra is buried beneath the chapel floor.

Starting in 1818, the Spanish began to lose control of the area and the mission fell into disrepair. The mission was restored in 1884. It retains the original bell tower dome, the subject of the stamp issued by the United States to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the settlement of California.  The mission is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

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