The California Missions represent Spain’s expansion in California. They were built specifically for military and evangelizing purposes – to convert Native Americans to Catholicism. Because of this I am always left with a bitter taste in my mouth when I visit these kinds of places. The places are beautiful today and sometimes even peaceful. But there is an underlying history of violence that shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored.
Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, or The Carmel Mission as it is more popularly known, is located in the beautiful town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. It is one of 21 Spanish missions in California, and the second one founded, in 1770.
These days one can eat lunch at Clint Eastwood’s restaurant while enjoying the stunning Pacific Coastline scenery and then visit the Carmel Mission next door. Maybe even pinhole the bell tower while they are there.
Camera: Zero 2000
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I wrote a blog post about the Carmel Mission in California over on Pinhole Obscura!
Beautiful picture and food for thought. There’s a mission up the freeway from me that I’ve been meaning to visit.
Thanks Ruth! Yes you should visit. I wonder which one?
The one near me is the Mission Sam Fernando.
Catholics have done many bad things in the name of religion…. Great shot!
Yes they have! I have mixed feelings about Catholocism. I was raised Catholic and while I am not Catholic or even Christian, I know that it can be a refuge for those that I love so for that reason I don’t hate it. But, damn. Catholics have done some evil.