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Mission San Diego de Alcala
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed January 5, 2014

It was our first time visiting the mission. It was very beautiful outside. There is a fee to see the tour side.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Denise F
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“Spiritual, educational, beautiful and interesting”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We attended the 9am Mass on New Year's Day. The church is beautiful, the Mass was wonderful and the congregation was engaged.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank Fake_Names
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Austin, Texas
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“Saint Didacus(?) Mission”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

We arrived on foot having taken the trolley then a short walk. The mission was quiet with few visitors. Staff at the visitor center were helpful and friendly. The highlight was the church which is decorated in a simple fashion and very beautiful. The pamphlet was a helpful overall guide and more detailed info was available on signs throughout the grounds. A few bronze sculptures are scattered about and nicely done. Clean restrooms! The audio guide is very out dated; it is a cassette tape player. Included is a small museum of the mission's history with interesting artifacts and photos. The setting is peaceful and solitary.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Ruth R
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Jackson, California, United States
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“A quiet day at the old Mission”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

In the 1990s, I last visited San Diego. It was quite during that visit. It was quite this day.

A visit to this mission is a must to anyone interested in the history of the colonization of Alta California. In 1769, Father Serra siting the original mission (it's moved from that site), and today, this is considered his first in California.

The chapel is simple and sanctuary is large. Not as showy as other missions, but interesting none-the-less. However, the museum is nice and discusses the history of the place beginning with first contact with the native people, many old Santos, icons and artifacts.

When you exit the museum, hang a left and take a look at the little chapel in the next building. There's a few neat gems of artifacts there and a more rustic altar.

Glad we made the visit and hope others will also make it too!

Visited October 2013
4 Thank Larry A
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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“First of the Missions”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This Mission is an active parish and beautiful historical site. If you care at all about the history of California, a visit to at least one of the many beautiful missions (San Luis Rey, San Juan Capistrano, or San Diego de Alcala) is a must see. The significance of this Mission is that it was the first of many in California. The sanctuary is rustic and beautiful and the grounds are well kept. It is a great place for quiet solitude and contemplation.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Gregory J
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