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The California Missions - Central

Monterey to Santa Ines

This list illustrates eight missions in central California, from Monterey to Santa Ines. Other lists cover the northern and southern parts of the California mission chain.


San Carlos Cathedral - 1770

Also known as the Royal Presidio Chapel, this was the original mission established at Monterey, the capital of California, and became a cathedral when the mission was moved to Carmel.

Official site: San Carlos Cathedral - the Royal Presidio Chapel

Wikipedia article: Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo

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The 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, California

April 3, 2012
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Royal Presidio Chapel at Monterey
Custom House Plaza in Monterey

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo - 1771

Usually referred to as Carmel Mission, this stately stone building is considered the most charming of the missions.

Official site: San Carlos Borrom

Wikipedia article: Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

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The entry courtyard at Carmel Mission

Mission San Carlos Borromeo, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

December 13, 2005
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Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borromeo)
Mission Ranch in Carmel
Carmel River Beach

Nuestra Senora de la Soldedad - 1791

Known as Soledad Mission, it was destroyed by earthquake and flood, and now only low adobe ruins remain of the original mission of our lady of solitude.

Official site: Mission Soledad

Wikipedia article: Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

 thumbnail - Adobe walls and stone foundations are all that remain of Mission Soldedad

Adobe walls and stone foundations are all that remain of Mission Soldedad

Mission la Soledad, California

March 17, 2006
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Salinas Valley

San Antonio de Padua - 1771

Completely rebuilt and still inhabited by Franciscan friars, San Antonio is one of the few missions located far from urbanization.

Official site: Mission San Antonio de Padua

Wikipedia article: Mission San Antonio de Padua

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The fountain in the cloister garden at Mission San Antonio

Mission San Antonio, Fort Hunter Liggett, California

April 25, 2008
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Mission San Antonio de Padua - Inside
Mission San Antonio de Padua - Outside
Upper San Antonio Valley

San Miguel Arcangel - 1797

Closed after an earthquake in 2003, San Miguel was restored and now once again displays its original frescos.

Official site: Mission San Miguel

Wikipedia article: Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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Frescoes on the walls of the nave at Mission San Miguel

Mission San Miguel, California

June 1, 2010
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Mission San Miguel

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa - 1772

Dedicated to Saint Louis the Bishop, this is a partly restored mission church in the center of an urban area.

Official site: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Wikipedia article: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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A statue of Father Junipero Serra at Mission San Luis Obispo

Mission San Luis Obispo, California

April 28, 2008
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Mission San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
Cuesta Pass Over the Santa Lucia Range

La Purisima Concepcion - 1787

La Purisima is unique among the missions in that it was completely restored and rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's, and is now a California State Park.

Official site: La Purisima Mission

Wikipedia article: La Purisima Mission

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Campanario or bell wall next to the church at Mission la Purisima

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, near Lompoc, California

June 10, 2010
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La Purisima Mission - One
La Purisima Mission - Two
Mission La Purisima - Three

Santa Ines - 1804

Mission Santa Ines has been beautifully restored and is in active use by the people of the Santa Ynez Valley

Official site: Old Mission Santa Ines

Wikipedia article: Mission Santa Ines

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The unrestored nineteenth arch at Mission Santa Ines

Mission Santa Ines, California

April 28, 2008
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Mission Santa Ines
Solvang

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