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Place - Presidio Chapel
550 Church Street
Monterey, California 93940.
Web Link * (831) 373-6711
DESCRIPTION and HISTORY:
Also known as the San Carlos Cathedral, the
Royal Presidio Chapel was built in 1770, and became the chapel for
the Monterey Presidio in 1795. It has been serving the community of
Monterey nonstop ever since, for over 200 years! A church school
and a rectory also were built later to expand services. It has been
renovated as need arises and well kept up over the years. It still
has all the cultural charm, Spanish architecture, beautiful stain
glass windows and inspiring altar, unchanged by the society
Ghostly occurrences didn't start until the
The Royal Presidio
Many witnesses have seen a lighted candle float by itself in the
sanctuary, up and down the aisles, and in front of the altar.
Some have come face to face with the detailed apparition of a
priest who served in the Royal Presidio Chapel in the 1920s until
he died unexpectedly.
The bells have been known to toll in the middle of the night,
without the help of the living. A group of teenagers who were
talking at the nearby high school, heard the bells and went to
investigate, finding no one there ringing the bells.
The Old Rectory
This two story building is next to the
Royal Presidio Chapel and is the home to several entities, who do
their best to look after the living, as they can't bring themselves
to let go from this world and pass on to the other side.
A woman who was up to her eye balls in work, was focusing
diligently in one of the offices on the task at hand. She felt an
unseen hand being gently placed on her, as to give her
encouragement in her endeavors.
After getting back from an outing with a group of young people
from the high school, an employee went to his office in the rectory
to finish up some necessary paperwork. As he became engrossed with
his work at his desk, suddenly his desk light turned itself off. He
thought seriously about going home, but instead turned his light
back on, determined to finish. Again, it turned itself off. Taking
the hint from his unseen, concerned supervisor, he went home
Other unusual occurrences include: Footsteps from unseen
entities have been heard, rocking chairs move by themselves,
curtains are seen moving without the help of the living, stairs
creak and unexplained rattling sounds are heard.
Some servants of the Lord are still serving
the living, even in their after-life phase.
All photos copyright © Tom Carr.