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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of the Carmel Mission?

The second mission built by Franciscans in Northern California was first established in 1770, moving to its current site a year later. It was secularized and abandoned by the Mexican government in 1833 and was restored by the Roman Catholic church, which assumed control of it in 1863. In 1931, the church transferred control to a local diocese and it became a parish church. In 1960, Pope John XXII designated it a minor basilica. Pope John Paul II visited in 1987.