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Mission San Diego de Alcala

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Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
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+1 619-281-8449
08:00 - 16:30
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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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It Doesn't Matter What Religion You Follow: Beautiful & Full of History

This was our second tour of a CA mission. They are so beautiful, peaceful, and full of history! It's amazing to wonder what actually happened during their early years in time... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sharon M
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our second tour of a CA mission. They are so beautiful, peaceful, and full of history! It's amazing to wonder what actually happened during their early years in time. This mission is still active as a church. And it doesn't matter what religion you follow: The early efforts, and caring of this Mission are for all faiths.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This basillica and museum is a complex that is not only an active Catholic church but a window into the history of early San Diego. Although a cross only marks the original church and first Californian mission founded by Fr. Serra, you can find a life size replica of this new saint in the garden adjacent to the bell wall... More 

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting site to visit to learn about the many facets of California history. It is a functioning church so please be respectful.

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This beautiful mission has a long history. It started about 1746, the first European settlement in California. After years of deterioration, in 1931 it was restored to its present form. There is a museum, church, chapel and historical monks living quarters. There are guided and self guided tours. Admission is $5 and $3 for seniors.

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Turlock, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I am on a Mission Tour vacation. I thought that it would have more to see.It really is nice to see the very first Mission. The church was nice. It had very steep steps to get up from the parking lot. The price for adult is 5 dollars not to bad.

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Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Went for Christmas eve mass. Arrived 15 minutes early and there was still plenty of parking but we just barely got 2 seats together. Music was nice and they even had sign asl interpreters at the 8 pm mass.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was a real surprise and we are happy that we included the mission in one of the few places we visited during our two day stay in San Diego. Great history, interesting architecture and a must see to get a sense of the early history of the area.

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Southern NJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were pretty much underwhelmed by the Mission, which seems a bit run-down.. For others who may go, due to the mission's proximity to the current stadium, going on a Sunday afternoon of a Chargers' home game can make finding parking a challenge down on the street level parking. Also, due to unclear signage, we did not realize there was... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This is a true treasure. I went for a memorial service and was so impressed with the facility and the Father that did the service. I look forward to going back on a Sunday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

San Diego mission is the first one in California... The visit was good and we were inhered with the story that it brings along. The issue we had was that by the time we were ready to get inside the church, there was a casket right on the door for a funeral. Kids did not proceed forward and unfortunately we... More 

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