Monterey was founded as three different things - a presidio (military base), a pueblo (town), and a mission to the Indians. Conflict between the mission and the nearby soldiers led Father Serra to re-found the mission several miles away, in Carmel. The original mission became the Presidio Chapel, which became the first Catholic cathedral in California.
Despite its interesting history and religous importance (it is still a cathedral) the church gets little attention from tourists compared to Carmel Mission.San Carlos Cathedral
Royal Presidio Chapel in MontereyThe Royal Presidio Chapel, officially the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, is the oldest cathedral in the US (tied with Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.
Monterey, CaliforniaDate photographed: April 3, 2012
Inside the Royal Presidio Chapel in MontereyThe Royal Presidio Chapel, recently restored, dates from 1794 and is built of sandstone.
Church Street, Monterey, CaliforniaDate photographed: April 3, 2012
Soldier Field, on the Presidio of MontereySoldier Field, on the Presidio of Monterey
Presidio of Monterey, CaliforniaDate photographed: April 28, 2000
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