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Missions Around San Diego

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San Diego’s heritage comes from the Spanish, and we can see this through the beautiful missions that they left behind for us to explore. Father Junipero’s drive and ambition led to the result of having over 21 missions built through out California. We’ve listed some missions that are close by, and ready for you to visit.

Mission San Luis Rey

Another name for this beautifully constructed mission is “King of Missions” because it is the largest in California. This mission was recognized by Father Fermin de Lausen in 1798 and was named in the honor of King Luis IX. This mission is currently used for worship purposes, church, and retreats. This was the 18th mission that was established in California. The current church building is considered a National Historic Landmark, because it is the third church structure built on this land. Mission San Luis Rey is open to the community Monday-Friday from 9:30am-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm.

Mission San Diego De Alcala

Gaspar de Portola founded the Mission San Diego De Alcala in 1769 and was established in Upper California. The mission is currently made from a fire proof material, considering the incident in 1769. The mission was originally set on fire and burned by native tribes who killed the priest, along with the mission, and allowed it to crumble. The mission was later moved and is currently along the San Diego River. The mission is open to the community every day from 9am-4:30pm. Join the guided tours and visit the gift shop to get the full experience at this historic land.

San Antonio De Pala Asistencia

This mission can also be called “The Pala Mission” and was constructed in 1816. The mission is the only one in all of California that is still a learning environment and a school for Native Americans. The location of this mission currently, is on the Pala Indian Reservation. They also use this mission as a place to worship to grow more in their religion. This land was discovered by Juan Mariner and Juan Pablo Grijalva in 1795 and was located about 20 miles inland from the San Luis Rey River. In 1889, the roof of the worship room caved in after the San Jacinto Earthquake. It has since been restored by the Landmarks Club of Southern California, and given back to the catholic church. This mission became very popular to the Native Americans and their culture. This mission is open to the public during Wednesday’s and Friday’s 9am-4pm, Thursday’s 12:00am- 4:00pm, Saturday’s 9:00am- 5:00pm, Sunday’s 9:00am -2:00 pm.

St. Thomas Indian Mission

This mission started out as “Purisima Concepcion” and was built in 1780. It originated as an outpost for the military and became a mission once again in the beginning of the 1900’s. This beautiful and sacred mission is closed during the week, but arrangements can be made to see this landmark of San Diego. Mass consists of the times Saturday’s at 4:30pm and Sunday at 9:30am.

The Missions located in San Diego are a part of the 21 missions in all of California. The perfect place to educated yourself on San Diego’s culture and heritage. Make a day this summer to come see the beautiful and unique missions in your home town.

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