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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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The first mission established in California. Being well maintained and being used today as a church. Part of the California heritage and a must see. This is the second location... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Banning, Ca
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255 reviews 255 reviews
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144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The first mission established in California. Being well maintained and being used today as a church. Part of the California heritage and a must see. This is the second location for the mission, because of water needed

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I learned a lot on this visit to the San Diego Mission. There is an incredible amount of history here. Take the time to read all the signs and placards and take the time to see the museum. The gardens are beautiful too.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Research tells me that the Mission San Diego de Alcalá contains very little original artifacts and that the structure itself underwent a great deal of renovation over a roughly 60-year period ending in 1941, when it was reestablished as a parish church. Perhaps the lack of true period artifacts makes this property less authentic, but the refurbished architecture, interior rooms... More 

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Seabeck, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a beautiful old mission, the first in California, with a tragic beginning, but currently quiet and peaceful. Spend time in the mission, and especially in the garden. Very nice gift shop too...

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Sterling, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I love missions including this one BUT there are two within an easy day trip that are much more beautiful. Mission San Luis Rey is much bigger and better displayed. Mission San Juan Capistrano is a lovely museum with an interesting desert garden. Both have more to see and do than this one, which is the oldest in California.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Built in 1769, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá is a very well preserved example of colonial architecture; one that fully deserves a visit when exploring southern California. Take your time to reflect on Life walking around the beautifully landscaped cloister before entering the simply decorated church. Around the corner remain the simple housing of Franciscan fathers, enter one of... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Well kept grounds and such a relaxing place to explore and pay respects to the very first Mission in California. The Basilica is so beautiful.

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Tigard, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Although still an active parish, there is a lot of history here. Inside the church, you get the feel of the early mission by the floor and the interior artwork. You can wnader around the garden area and take in the architecture. The museum is very good. There is also some archaeological digging going on with very descriptive signs outlining... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The campus is a working parish church located in the east end of Mission Valley. There is just enough of the flavor of the mission era around to give visitors a feeling for what it must have been like prior to secularization in the 1820's. I've been visiting this mission now for over 60 years.

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south carolina
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177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This mission is so lovely and the staff so helpful. This is California's first mission so it's very historical. Make sure you see the small museum to see before and after photos as well as many artifacts. This place is a bit off the beaten path but its well worth a visit. The gardens are lovely with beautiful various plants.... More 

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