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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
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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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A loving restoration of the original mission church in California. The grounds are beautifully maintained and add to the charm. There were amazing artifacts but many were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Pat G
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South Euclid, Ohio

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South Euclid, Ohio
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A loving restoration of the original mission church in California. The grounds are beautifully maintained and add to the charm. There were amazing artifacts but many were lacking full descriptions which would have made them much more relevant...200 or more year old vestments and chalices with no explanations...only downside.

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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fascinating couple of hours was spent here reading about the history of the missionaries in California. Plenty to see and do, and shopping malls aplenty close by...

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SAN DIEGO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely worth a trip. Minimal entry fee lets you wander freely around the grounds. The only thing to be aware of is that it is actually a functioning catholic church, so there are services on Sunday and people frequently schedule weddings here.

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Vancouver, Washington
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142 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice mission. Hadn't realized this was the first mission established in California. The museum is especially nice with well documented history & artifacts. The Basilica is nice with some interesting features. Stop in the gift shop & pay the small fee (I think it was $3 for seniors) & take the self-guided tour.

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Summerfield, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located just above Old Town San Diego, the mission has a lot of history and museum items on display. One of the chain of missions built by Father Serra up the California coast. Very nice grounds.

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing place to visit. It is a lovely church that has not changed since the 1700's. In the museum part, tells the history of the church and the Missionaries. It shows how they lived, where they slept, and the grounds are very lovely. Very friendly staff.

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Thank Julie G
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168 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

I was lucky to stumble upon this mission as I was passing through. It's an important piece of CA history and, as a tourist, should be better publicized. (Help..Chamber of Commerce). Altho I missed mass (the confessional awaits), I was in awe of the peaceful garden & scenery. Skip the junky tourist trap stores. Mosey over to their store; it... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Had out of town relatives over the holidays who wanted to visit the mission since it is one of the basilicas in the country chosen to pass through the doors for the Year of Mercy. The historical church itself is very beautiful. The gardens are lovely and reminiscent of San Diego of long ago. There is a small museum and... More 

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Rainford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We liked the mission a lot. Nice and calm and tranquil. Was not very easy to get to by public transport. Quite a long walk from tram stop which was not well signposted

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Wildomar, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This Mission was great, however not the best. First of all it was the first California Mission, but the amenities need some work. At least the Church was pretty too, also good informational pamphlets and drawings in Franciscan Dorms.

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