The altar inside of the basilica
During the winter holidays we had a chance to visit Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, a Roman Catholic Church and U.S. Historic Landmark, more commonly known as the Carmel Mission. It's located in Carmel-by-the-Sea along the final bend of the Carmel River, right before it spills into the Pacific Ocean at Carmel Bay.
Padre Junípero Serra's final resting place
According to signage in the museum, Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo was Father Junípero Serra's favorite; his remains are buried under the sanctuary floor and celebrated by a tasteful grave marker.
Ronan was intrigued by this statue of Mary & Jesus; he said, "take a picture", so I did
I was curious to see whether the grounds would capture Ronan and Nieve's attention; I remember visiting a couple of Missions in Southern California when I was about their age, and at times it made for dull and tedious trips.
Another photo request from Ronan
Thankfully Ronan and Nieve have a better appreciation for history and design. Both were appropriately reverent while exploring the basilica, talking in hushed voices and walking slowly but purposefully.
Nieve loved this bell
Ronan seemed interested that a small room full of books was in the fact California's oldest library; Nieve was delighted to discover the large bronze bell that was on display in the courtyard.
The basin for the holy water was beautiful
Given we were in a Catholic church, we decided it would be appropriate to pray for Mom's grandmother. Ronan and Nieve lit a candle and said a prayer, sending their best wishes of good health and happiness. It was touching to see just how genuine and kind they were with their prayers.
Lighting a candle for Grandma
Soon after the kids decided it was time to head to the beach and play in the water and sand. I was pleasantly surprised that they lasted over an hour at the Mission; I foresee us doing trips to similar landmarks in the future.
Adding our prayer candle