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.

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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.