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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
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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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California's first mission is a lovely, peaceful place

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

A very historic mission as we found out this was the first mission built in California by Fr. Sierra. Plenty of information is available on plaques and signs walking around the facility and grounds. A great place to stop and visit, especially for Catholics.

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Franklin Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Wish we had been in town longer and could have visited missions and churches. . This is the only one we made it to. Looked around outside. . The inside didn't look worth a fee or tour .. we peaked through the gate and at pics online. The outside was lovely with that classic mission look. I gather it's one... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I expected a bigger crowd for this very interesting self-guided tour. The docent who greeted us in the gift shop had an obvious passion for the history of this compound and got us started off with enthusiasm. I really enjoyed the (active) church and the well-done displays and explanations.

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