San Diego, California: Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala
The Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala is the first of the Spanish missions to be built in California. The mission was established in July 1769 by Father Juniper Serra.
In 1775, it was attacked and burned to the ground by Indians, who also killed Father Jayme, a resident of the mission, making him the first Christian martyr of California.
The Mission was rebuilt a few years later, but this time with fort-like construction to prevent a repeat of the previous massacre. It began to prosper, but in 1834, Mexico took possession until the U.S. acquired it. Then in 1892, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondolet started a mission school for the native Indians.
The current building was built in 1931 and designed to look like the earlier mission.
It is an active parish with two Masses daily and many Masses on the weekends in both English and Spanish.
Traveling to Basilica Mission San Diego de Alacala:
Address: 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
GPS coordinates: 32° 47′ 4.6860” N, 117° 6′ 21.6036” W
Tel: +1 (619) 283-7319 Fax: +1 (619) 283-7762
Click here for the official website of the Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala in San Diego.