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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
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Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission...

Located in the Mission Valley section of San Diego, this historic mission was founded by Father Junipero Serra, who started a string of 21 missions along the California coast.

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Wonderful mass and grounds

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.

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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.

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Billings, Montana
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

This Catholic church one of the jewels of the line of missions built in Calif. the thick walls the spiritual setting, to the hardships is layed out in a museum site.

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Huntington, New York
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

On the trail of all 21, this was my first chance to get to the first one! Well worth the trip. On a hilltop, which may be unique, but a lovely little museum, beautiful grounds and chapel. Just to drink in the history is worth even a short trip. Easy to get to. Maybe a challenge, though, for the disabled... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was our second tour of a CA mission. They are so beautiful, peaceful, and full of history! It's amazing to wonder what actually happened during their early years in time. This mission is still active as a church. And it doesn't matter what religion you follow: The early efforts, and caring of this Mission are for all faiths.

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

This basillica and museum is a complex that is not only an active Catholic church but a window into the history of early San Diego. Although a cross only marks the original church and first Californian mission founded by Fr. Serra, you can find a life size replica of this new saint in the garden adjacent to the bell wall... More 

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San Francisco
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

Interesting site to visit to learn about the many facets of California history. It is a functioning church so please be respectful.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This beautiful mission has a long history. It started about 1746, the first European settlement in California. After years of deterioration, in 1931 it was restored to its present form. There is a museum, church, chapel and historical monks living quarters. There are guided and self guided tours. Admission is $5 and $3 for seniors.

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Turlock, California
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I am on a Mission Tour vacation. I thought that it would have more to see.It really is nice to see the very first Mission. The church was nice. It had very steep steps to get up from the parking lot. The price for adult is 5 dollars not to bad.

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Canton, Ohio
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Went for Christmas eve mass. Arrived 15 minutes early and there was still plenty of parking but we just barely got 2 seats together. Music was nice and they even had sign asl interpreters at the 8 pm mass.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was a real surprise and we are happy that we included the mission in one of the few places we visited during our two day stay in San Diego. Great history, interesting architecture and a must see to get a sense of the early history of the area.

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