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Mission San Carlos Paper Model. Perfect for school projects A+.

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Carlos. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

Two Ways to Order!

1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
Church Only
Large Size Mission Model
Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Carmelo Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Carmelo Model Only
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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 7.5 inches

History of Mission San Carlos

The second mission in California was built in 1770 near Monterrey Bay. This location did not last long and in 1771, the mission was moved to its current location in Carmel, California. The mission is named after both the area it is located, Carmel, California and San Carlos (“Saint Charles”) of Borremeo who lived in Italy in the 1500’s. San Carlos is famous for improving the Catholic Church and making sure priests got the best education possible.

Padre Junipero Serra was in charge of the mission and decided to move it. The mission was located in Monterrey at first because it was close to where supply ships from Mexico would stop. The Spanish also had some of their military there before the mission was built. When Padre Serra saw that the military was treating Native Americans badly, he decided the mission would have to be moved. Padre Serra wanted the Native Americans to feel welcome and live on the mission while learning about Christianity and he knew that would not happen in Monterrey Bay.

Padre Serra went to the new location in Carmel with four Native Americans, five Spanish soldiers and three sailors. To build the mission, they cut down trees and stuck logs in the ground to make walls and then put more logs on top for a roof. Once they built a place to live, they had to worry about how to get enough food for everyone to survive. The supply ship did not come regularly from Mexico and in the first few years, it was not easy to grow a lot of food. A good example of this was in 1973 when a supply ship did not come to the mission and the Padres and Native Americans tried to grow corn and beans. Cold weather hit the plants hard in July and ruined most of what they needed to grow. Fortunately, the mission survived these hard times and life became easier over time.

Padre Juniperro Serra ran the mission for many years and made sure that Native Americans were treated well and learned about Christianity. Padre Serra also always told the Spanish how important the missions were even as they started to lose interest in keeping them. When Juniperro Serra died on August 28, 1784 at San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission, many of people who knew him were sad. Padre Serra lived a simple life and never owned many things or wanted to be rich. His concern for everyone at the mission made people respect him. He was buried at the mission because he supported it so much.

After Padre Serra’s death, Fermin Lasuèn was in charge during some of the best times at San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission. He ordered a stone church be built at the mission which was the first in California. This turned out to be a smart decision because part of that church has survived up until now and the other buildings did not.

As time went on, the San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission became more and more successful. Not only were they able to grow more than enough food for everyone, but more and more Native Americans joined the mission. The Eslenes were the local Native American tribe and they were friendly towards the Spanish which helped in the early years. The Eslenes plowed fields to plant crops, made adobe bricks, and created tools. Over 4,000 Native Americans were baptized over the years and at one time, as many as 927 Eslenes lived at the mission.

Much like other missions in California, once Mexico won its independence from Spain, the missions were not considered important. At first, Mexico tried to sell the mission to Native Americans but when they weren’t interested or couldn’t afford to buy it, the Mexican government instead sold the land to its own citizens. The church shut down at San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission and the mission began to fall into ruin. This continued even after Mexico lost control of California to the United States.

In San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission’s case, it was not until 1933 that the mission would be used as a church again and it was slowly restored afterward. The mission now has restored rooms like the original Padre’s kitchen and a blacksmith shop. There is also an elementary school at the mission which is named after Padre Junipero Serra. There is also a museum which displays many different kinds of art and old objects that were used at the mission. Many people enjoy visiting San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission, because it is away from modern buildings. That makes it easier for them to imagine what life must have been like when Padre Serra and members of the Elsene tribe lived at the mission.