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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd, San Diego, CA 92108-2498
Phone Number: 619-281-8449
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Gorgeous historic religious structure that does a nice job mixing modern techniques with ancient traditions. The museum was closed though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Amilcar G
Washington, DC, United States
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Washington, DC, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous historic religious structure that does a nice job mixing modern techniques with ancient traditions. The museum was closed though.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a piece of California history. I first went way back in grammar school and now when I have people from out of town visit I'll ask them if they want to go. I think that its interesting, but I don't know if its for everyone. But hey, its free, check it out!

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Winter Haven, Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited this mission as part of tour exploring the historical heritage of San Diego and California. We have seem many of the other California missions but we had not seen to the site of the first mission in California. It was very interesting. It is still an thriving, active parish community. We came on a Sunday... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went because our 10 yr old did her major report on CA missions this past year so wanted her to see it. It's as interesting as these type missions get. Nice gardens, interesting if somewhat plain church and a small museum. Just make sure you go when mass is not going on. Even street parking is a challenge when... More 

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Petaluma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This mission is something of a challenge to locate but once you find it you will get a taste of mission life. A map of a short walking trail is provided after paying the nominal entrance fee. Displays and information are somewhat limited compared to many of the other California missions.

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SF Bay Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Out of the twenty-plus missions in California, this is the first one. Its gift shop is on the small side but packed with a lot of information and goods. The garden was medium-sized, compact. One exhibit had a mini rendition of the other missions, very nice. On its grounds, they marked an area that used to be the living quarters... More 

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Alexandria, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We went early when there were very few visitors. It got more crowded later on. This is a "don't miss" for Catholics since Padre Junipero was canonized this year. The church and garden are beautiful, peaceful place. There's a small museum and replica of the Padres living space. Plenty of free parking.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The mission is down the street from the Qualcomm stadium. It was $ 3 for seniors. You will learn about the discovery and history of San Diego. The gardens are exceptional, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

The first of what would be a continuous string of 2l missions is beautifully restored and magnificently maintained, Smaller than most of the others it is simple and an effective design. Unlike most it remains a Catholic church, a basilica at that. The grounds are full of flowers and the price is right ... free.

1 Thank Richard C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

The mission is so beautiful and such a historic place It is a step back in time. I like to sit quietly in the church and think of the people who built it. A must see.

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