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Mission San Diego de Alcalá

Updated on January 2, 2011

Mother of the Missions

First of the 21 missions and known as the Mother of the Missions, Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by Blessed Junipero Serra. It was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI. The Mission today is an active Catholic Parish in the Diocese of San Diego. (Text and image from the mission's official site.)

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Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded on July 16, 1769, the first in the twenty-one Alta California mission chain established by Father Presidente Junípero Serra; today it is known as "California's First Church." Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno named San Diego Bay San Diego de Alcalá when he made landfall there in 1602, some ten miles from the present Mission site. In 1773 the Mission was the site of the first Christian burial in Alta California; San Diego is also generally regarded as the site of the region's first public execution in 1778. Father Luís Jayme, "California's First Christian Martyr," lies entombed beneath the chancel floor.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens! My sister lives near San Diego and has visited a lot of the California missions. I'd like to see them too....maybe someday!

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      desginmake 

      8 years ago

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      8 years ago

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      projectmake 

      8 years ago

      Great information about Mission San Diego de Alcala,

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      managrpro 

      8 years ago

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      mosaic lm 

      8 years ago

      You can find drawings of the floorplan here: https://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/86winter/p...

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      were the floor plan i need it fast send it to me in a.flock@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      omfg where da floor plan! i NEED it!!!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Where's the floor plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      mosaic lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to laokihj] November 24, 1713

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      i just want to say hi anddo you know when father serra was born?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Do you have a floor plan of the mission?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      um do u knoe how much persons lived in the missons in father serras time

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      um do u knoe how much persons lived in the missons in father serras time

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      it was restored and charged in 1813 by ??? i do not know

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      mosaic lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to ME:)] You can find the answers to those questions in the Wikipedia article. ;)

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Date the mission closed?

      What happened to it?

      Do you know when it was restored?

      Who restored it?

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the pics.! u guys rock , im in 4th grade and i cold not find any pics.

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      mosaic lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Cathy] The floor plan is hard to find online. However, I'm sure you can find it in the Amazon Mission model book I've listed above.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      the aerial view or floor plan

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