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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

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Spanish colonization brought dramatically beautiful missions to California, with the first and grandest being Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, founded in 1769. The birthplace of Christianity on the West Coast, the Basilica—nestled down in stunning Mission Valley near the San Diego River—is a beautifully serene place to visit. History buffs can make reservations for a tour, attend mass in the original chapel, visit the mission’s museum and gift shop, and stroll among the mission grounds where the oldest known cemetery in California is located. 

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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá says
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first Franciscan mission in the Las Californias Province of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Located in present-day San Diego, California, it was founded on July 16, 1769 by Spanish friar Junípero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay Indians. The mission and the surrounding area were named for the Catholic Saint Didacus, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego. 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. The current church is the fourth to stand on this location. The Mission is a National Historic Landmark.
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Venue name: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá
Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego
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