Heritage Center Museum

Heritage Center Museum

The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center is located in the Parish Offices Building located to the east of the Chapel/Cathedral. Displays include a relic of the Vizcaíno-Serra Oak, drawings and photos of the Chapel, items found during the recent archeological dig and pieces of the whale-bone sidewalk that once led to the Church.

Heritage Center & Docent Tour Hours

Note: the Heritage Center will be closed Wednesday Nov 26

Heritage Center Museum

Heritage Center Museum

The Royal Presidio Chapel Heritage Center is located in the Parish Offices Building located to the east of the Chapel/Cathedral. Displays include a relic of the Vizcaíno-Serra Oak, drawings and photos of the Chapel, items found during the recent archeological dig and pieces of the whale-bone sidewalk that once led to the Church.

Heritage Center & Docent Tour Hours

Note: the Heritage Center will be closed Wednesday Nov 26

About

San Carlos Painting

San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey was founded by Father Junipero Serra on June 3, 1770, on the shores of Monterey Bay, as the cornerstone of his Mission. A year later, Fr. Serra moved the Mission to Carmel. The church remained as a Royal Chapel for the soldiers guarding the new Spanish Presidio of Monterey. The present sandstone church was completed in 1794.

The significance of San Carlos cannot be overstated. It is the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California. It is California’s first cathedral and stands for the birth of Carmel Mission and Monterey, the first capital of California.

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Parish Blog

I love you, Lord, my strength

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:51 -- Fr. Patrick
I love you, Lord, my strength (Psalm 18)

Every once and awhile as I am walking past the cathedral I will notice someone passing in a car, glancing towards the cathedral and making the sign of the cross. That is a wonderful custom of acknowledging the Lord's presence within our church: I first saw it when I was growing up in Watsonville and my grandmother made the sign of the cross as we drove by the Valley Church [popular name for the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians].