Don’t miss to visit Mission San Diego de Alcalá
Don’t miss to visit the first Franciscan Mission San Diego de Alcalá
If you are in San Diego, do not miss to visit the first of California’s 21 missions San Diego de Alcalá, in the heart of Mission Valley.
There are 21 missions along the coast of California. This is the first of those 21 and is known as the “Mother of the Missions“. It was completed in 1775 and then burnt to the ground during an attack by the “Indians” in 1776. By 1790 it was restored and a defense wall was built around the complex.
Mission San Diego de Alcalá‘s beautiful site boasts tranquil gardens and a 46-foot-tall bell tower with it’s distinctive 5 bells, along with a museum and gift shop.
There are sculptures and statues sprinkled all over the area and it’s a great place to take pictures.
The map is very helpful and ensures that you find all the various spots there are to see, including the various portions of the church like the sanctuary and chapel, the beautiful garden, and a museum that summarizes the history of the mission. There’s also some very nice art, including several statues, sculptures, and a fountain.
Lovely grounds, very historical, and it still functions as an active Catholic church for those who might wish to visit for mass.
Weekday mass is at 07:00 am and another one at 05:30 pm. Confessions are held on Saturdays from 04:00pm – 05:00pm or by appointment. Saturday mass held at 05:30 pm and Sundays on 07:00am, 08:00am, 09:00am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon and 05:30pm. The Church offers Religious Education, Marriages and Baptisms.
You can get here by taking the Green trolley line. You can catch it at the Santa Fe depot or even from the Gaslamp district. It’s $2.50 one way and the ticket is good for 2 hours. It’s a good 10/15 minute walk from the “Mission San Diego” stop.
Driving Directions From Los Angeles:
I-5 south to I-805 south to
I-52 east to I-15 south
Exit Friars Road east
Right at first signal onto Rancho Mission Road
Left at first signal onto San Diego Mission Road
The Mission is one-half block on the left
From Downtown San Diego:
I-8 east to Mission Gorge Road exit
Left at signal. Proceed on Mission Gorge
Left onto Twain Avenue
Twain Avenue becomes San Diego Mission Road
The Mission is on the right
Official website: http://www.missionsandiego.org/