Catch a Glimpse of History at the San Carlos Cathedral
As the oldest continuously functioning church and the first stone building in the State of California, the San Carlos Cathedral is an iconic landmark in Monterey. During a comprehensive restoration, which started in 2006 and went on for three years, many artifacts were discovered that shed light upon the early history of the Presidio of Monterey. The artifacts are now on display in the heritage center located next to the church. Today, the San Carlos Cathedral is the only presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio. With an illustrious legacy that dates back to the 18th century, the church stands as a stately witness to the history of this vibrant coastal city.
Holy Week and Easter
School Fundraising Dinners
Heritage Center Tours
How do I get to the San Carlos Cathedral?
San Carlos Cathedral is located just a couple of minutes away from our boutique Monterey hotel. From Hotel Abrego, head west towards Abrego Street. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Fremont Street, then take a left onto Cortes Street, which will turn left and become Church Street. You will find the San Carlos Cathedral on your left.
How do I book a tour of San Carlos Cathedral?
If you are interested in exploring San Carlos Cathedral, you might want to book your tour in advance. Small private groups and tour companies looking to schedule a visit to San Carlos Cathedral and the Heritage Center Museum can get in touch with Dorothy Weisheit, the tour coordinator ([email protected]).