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National Landmark

The Mission San Carlo Borromeo del rio Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission, is a Roman Catholic mission church in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark with a storied history. It was actually headed by Saint Junípero Serra from 1770 until his death in 1784. The mission buildings and lands were secularized by the Mexican government in 1833 and had fallen into disrepair by the mid-19th century but were lovingly restored to their former glory.

In addition to its activity as a place of worship, Mission Carmel also hosts concerts, art exhibits, lectures and numerous other community events. It also serves as a museum, preserving its own history and the history of the area.

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