The mission was first established on June 3, 1770, in nearby Monterey. In May, 1771, the viceroy approved Father Junípero Serra’s petition to relocate the Mission to its current location near the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.“Mission Carmel” (as it came to be known) was Father Serra’s favorite and, being close to Monterey (the capital of Alta California), served as his headquarters. When he died on August 28, 1784, he was interred beneath the chapel floor.
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Visiting hours at the Carmel Mission are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The Mission is closed Easter Sunday and Monday, Thanksgiving, and over the Christmas holidays from Dec. 24 through Dec. 26. Admissions for upkeep and restoration are $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, $2.00 for children ages 7 and up (free for children under 6)
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