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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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  • We were pretty much underwhelmed by the Mission, which seems a bit run-down.. For others who may go, due to the mission's proximity to the current stadium, going on a Sunday afternoon of a Chargers' h...  more »
  • This is a true treasure. I went for a memorial service and was so impressed with the facility and the Father that did the service. I look forward to going back on a Sunday. 
  • San Diego mission is the first one in California... The visit was good and we were inhered with the story that it brings along. The issue we had was that by the time we were ready to get inside the ch...  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 .