Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1 South: Monterey, Royal Presidio Chapel

Royal Presidio Chapel  500 Church St./Figueroa St., (831) 373-2628.  Known today as San Carlos Cathedral, this structure stands on the site of the original Monterey Presidio and next to the site of the original mission, Mission San Carlos, founded in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra (he then moved on to Carmel to reestablish the mission there in 1771).  Completed in 1794, it is the fourth Royal Presidio Chapel and is now the only original presidio building still standing (and thus the oldest building in Monterey).  It is California’s first cathedral, the country’s smallest cathedral, and the state’s oldest church in continuous use.  Constructed with an elaborate sandstone fa├žade, adobe walls, and a stone base, it was recently restored (windows in the interior walls permit viewing sections of unplastered adobe).  An adjacent history center displays found artifacts. 

All-adobe tour of Monterey.

More things to do in Monterey.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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