Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, San Diego

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San Diego de Alcalá, the first of the twenty-one great California Missions, marks the birthplace of Christianity in the west coast of the United States. It is California's first Mission Church. This remarkable and significant historical shrine provides an understanding and appreciation of the beginning of Catholicism in this corner of the world, so remote from the Mother Country of Spain and yet so similar.

Today the Mission, which was founded in 1769, serves as an active parish church and cultural center for people of all faiths who are welcome to visit and relive the grandeur and excitement of more than two centuries of California history and tradition. Add Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala and other attractions to your San Diego trip itinerary using our San Diego trip planner.
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  • This is a must to visit if you want to understand the beginning of modern California. Small, donation based (~$3) mission with an active church. Stunning photo ops.  more »
  • This is a beautifully restored mission church and grounds. There is plenty of history to be see, and there are lots of informative displays and interesting artifacts. The grounds are very pretty, and....  more »
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  • From an ethnocentric point of view, you have to appreciate the amount of work the establishing missionaries had to endure to settle in this area. They were foreigners in a land that was not their own but had a major influence on changing a culture. One would consider the language barriers and the foreign customs challenging, but yet found One Universal Truth. From a Gospel perspective, you appreciate the work in converting their faith. Stand in awe of the history of this place. Stand in awe of the serenity. Most importantly, stand in awe of the grace and the message delivered at this place. Sit in silence as you imagine and transcend in time hearing the hurriedly footsteps of the missionaries caught in their work. Imagine the fervent prayers at that prayer bench. And the amount of letters that detailed the successes of the Great Commission written at the desk there. Letters conveying the feelings of full faith, hope, and love.
  • I love this Mission. Just as a heads up there is an admission fee but it's not much for the beauty and spiritual pilgrimage it offers. I try to make it down south at least once a year to say a few prayers and pick 1 pomegranate off the tree.

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