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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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Description: 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 Crown Jewel

Probably not where you might think it would be, considering where "Old Town" is located. This is a fine old mission, and one of the crown jewels of the California mission system.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Surf City USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Probably not where you might think it would be, considering where "Old Town" is located. This is a fine old mission, and one of the crown jewels of the California mission system.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

So beautiful and peaceful. Went with my wife and son on a Sunday afternoon for a visit and just fell in love. Mass was taking place and we could hear the singing of hymns as we walked through the peaceful grounds. Casa de los Padres is a beautiful display of the living quarters the priests stayed in. The garden is... More 

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Orange, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

First time going to San Diego Mission. Mission is a lot smaller than the only other mission I had been to which the mission about an hour north of San Diego which Mission San Juan Capistrano in Orange County. San Diego mission is dirty and the bathrooms are very old and dirty. The chapel and the church are both beautiful,... More 

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Saddle River NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

How lucky for us not only coming to the festival but they had a pancake breakfast, which was terrific. Gift shoppe was loaded with goodies, people were very cordial and the mission is a historic place that should not be missed. there is a small museum that explains of the missions in California. Weekday mass, 7 am and also 5... More 

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Mission SD de Alcala is a beautiful and unassuming mission...it is the very first mission built in California when Spanish explorers came from Spain. The grounds are lovely, as is the church and is very well kept...love and care. A wonderful place for photography as the light shines into the courtyard, through ancient wooden doors, and the sky seems... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It's so peaceful and calm there! The Mission is up kept beautifully and the paint work is so well done! The historical pieces were great to look at, the staff was very friendly and super helpful. They have an area called Casa de los Padres- House of the Fathers (Priests) where it shows how that space would have looked like... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Small, but nice mission. I have been to better. Of course, they are all gorgeous and a great way to experience San Diego history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I had extra time in California, and decided to do the Mission Trail. I started with San Diego de Alcala - we hopped in the car, drove over, parked, and arrived in the church just in time for communion! I hadn't even realized it was Sunday morning! This mission is both beautiful and quaint. The large pepper trees were a... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The old mission provides visitors a historic glimpse of how austere the lifestyles were in the 1700's. This, the first established in California, is very scenic with its preserved artifacts and the garden courtyard. A Must See

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

An interesting piece of history not far from San Diego good for religious and non-religious alike. The grounds are beautiful and for $5 admission you can spend a leisurely hour or so exploring and looking at historical pieces and information. I'd recommend it for kid and adults alike.

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