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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, San Diego

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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in the Las Californias Province of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Located in present-day San Diego, California, it was founded on July 16, 1769 by Spanish friar Junípero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay Indians. The mission and the surrounding area were named for the Catholic Saint Didacus, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego. The mission was the site of the first Christian burial in Alta California. San Diego is also generally regarded as the site of the region's first public execution, in 1778. Father Luís Jayme, "California's First Christian Martyr," lies entombed beneath the chancel floor. The current church is the fourth to stand on this location. The Mission is a National Historic Landmark.
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  • Gorgeous historic religious structure that does a nice job mixing modern techniques with ancient traditions. The museum was closed though. 
  • This is a piece of California history. I first went way back in grammar school and now when I have people from out of town visit I'll ask them if they want to go. I think that its interesting, but I d...  read more »
  • My wife and I visited this mission as part of tour exploring the historical heritage of San Diego and California. We have seem many of the other California missions but we had not seen to the site of ...  read more »
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  • When I lived in San Diego/La Mesa my parents would get up early(600am Mass and go to Mass) still said in Latin... I could 'see' the Native Americans there and even St fr j Serra..walking in the garden Wonderful peaceful place.. I miss the Southwest of our country...
  • Is just BEAUTIFUL, so BEAUTIFUL God blessed us with this treasure, let's continue feeding our Espirit by the grace of our Lord .
  • I've been going since 2008 and fell in love with my church ever since. The priests are so kind and go out of their way to help youbin any way possible.
  • It reminds me of the churches in got to visit when we went to Israel. I love churches that go back in history.. This one is beautiful.
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