This was the first of 21 missions that were established throughout California by Spain in the 18th century.
The foundation of these quaint white churches were attempts to not only colonize what was then known as “alta California” or upper California, but also to Christianize the native Indian population. A Franciscan friar named Junipero Serra founded San Diego de Alcala on the 16 July, 1769.The church as it is seen today would be the 5th to have been built on the same spot.
Then high era of the California missions ran from 1769 to 1833. After this time, the Mexican government shut down the missions.
The mission San Diego de Alcala is used as a church and was in 1976 made a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI. It includes a visitor center museum.
Cousin Bill & I just took a scenic view of the grounds. Enjoy the quiet beauty of this special place:
Commemorating the first California martyr, Father Jayme, who died in 1775 after being attacked by the indigenous tribe members.
A brief history on a California registered historical landmark marker.
My favorite picture of this shooting. The orange aloe flowers just pops next to the intense blue of the sky.
Sincere Thanks again to Bill for showing me this special place.