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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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  • A very historic mission as we found out this was the first mission built in California by Fr. Sierra. Plenty of information is available on plaques and signs walking around the facility and grounds. A...  more »
  • Wish we had been in town longer and could have visited missions and churches. . This is the only one we made it to. Looked around outside. . The inside didn't look worth a fee or tour .. we peaked thr...  more »
  • I expected a bigger crowd for this very interesting self-guided tour. The docent who greeted us in the gift shop had an obvious passion for the history of this compound and got us started off with ent...  more »
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  • The first mission in California! It's such a beautiful church so rich in history. It's a stop you must make when visiting the San Diego area.
  • question was san diego de alcala was the first mission of california
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Is just BEAUTIFUL, so BEAUTIFUL God blessed us with this treasure, let's continue feeding our Espirit by the grace of our Lord .