San Carlos Cathedral, Monterey

4.6
#2 of 9 in Historic Sites in Monterey
The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, also known as the Royal Presidio Chapel, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Monterey, California, United States. The cathedral is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. It was built in 1794 making it the oldest (and smallest) serving cathedral along with St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only existing presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio.
The church was founded by the Franciscan Saint Junípero Serra as the chapel of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo on June 3, 1770. Father Serra first established the original mission in Monterey at this location on June 3, 1770, near the native village of Tamo. However, Father Serra became engaged in a heated power struggle with Military Governor Pedro Fages, who was headquartered at the Presidio of Monterey and served as governor of Alta California between 1770 and 1774. Serra decided to move the mission away from the Presidio, and in May, 1771, the Spanish viceroy approved Serra's petition to relocate the mission to its current location near the mouth of the Carmel River and the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Use our Monterey trip planner to visit San Carlos Cathedral on your trip to Monterey, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Source
Create an itinerary including San Carlos Cathedral
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
San Carlos Cathedral Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
79 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • We were at the bilingual mass in the afternoon. The church is simple, but beautiful. It is very close to the Mall of Monterrey. It's worth going in.
    View original
  • we enjoyed this cathedral and the volunteer tour. we arrived 20 min before the tour time on the website and the volunteer said she was just about to leave having staffed it there for 2 hours (during t...  more »
Google
  • One of my favorite missions, so far. Mission Carmel is a must see!!!
  • Mass! Lit a candle for myself, wow. First time ever. The candles are smaller and the donation is less. The priest, the service, the communion ... it was all perfect as always.

Plan your trip to Monterey

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Monterey

View all >
4.5
Duration: 3​h
4.1
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Monterey

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Monterey

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 8​h
3.4
Duration: 2​h
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Monterey

5.0
Duration: 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Monterey

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 4​h