Are there any early drawings or photographs of the Carmel mission showing what it looked like when Fr. Serra was there?
An early sketch of Carmel was done by a French explorer who visited the mission in 1786, two years after Junipero Serra died.
As you can see the church is pretty simple. The present church, with its Moorish tower, wasn’t completed until 1797. Most of the missions had a series of churches. Carmel had six other churches before the present and last one was erected.