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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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  • My granddaughter was required to do a report for school on California Missions so we decided to come and see this one. We found out that this was the first mission in California so it had great histor...  more »
  • I really loveded my visit to this mission. Such a peaceful setting, the gardens outside the church are so beautiful. I enjoyed visiting with the staff at the gift shop-they are very knowledgable. The ...  more »
  • Saturday night mass was wonderful and crowded. The church and the grounds are beautiful. Don't miss this. There is much more to see here than we ever imagined.  more »
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  • It's a great piece of history. There are many beautiful statues here. I really enjoyed visiting the mission and museum. They have very beautiful plants to.
  • fun to see. love who some indains build a home. though to walk up the hill. like the museum, intresting things. peacful and i like the flowers there
  • California's first mission to be built. The ladies inside the mission store were very kind and had a wealth of information to share. Admission prices are resonable.
  • Lots of interesting history to learn here about California. Highly recommend the audio your.
  • Very peaceful, serene, and steeped in history. It is the perfect place to sit and take it all in.