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Navigation for San Diego de Alcalá:

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You exit the Church into the garden (area #3 above). The garden in a Mission was meant to be a place of contemplation. This garden certainly qualifies.

Inner Garden
Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002

Before you go too far, look back toward the Church and the campanario. It's height is about 46 feet. The upper half was destroyed in an 1860 earthquake and was reconstructed from drawings.

The three smaller bells at the top are copies of originals. The large bell on the bottom left (as you are looking at it from the garden) is an 1894 recasting of the original Mater de la Rossa bell. It is the largest of the two bells, weighing in at 1200 pounds. The bottom bell on the right dates from 1802, has a full crown at the top and weighs 805 pounds. The cross at the top is made from original Mission timbers.

All five bells are rung only once a year on the Sunday nearest 16 July, the founding day for the Mission.

Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002

Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002

As you move through the garden note the various statues and memorials. The adobe crosses commemorate Indians who died on this site.

The statue of Saint Francis is actually a wishing well should you have any unfulfilled dreams.

Wishing Well
Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002
Hannon Statue
Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002

The Hannon Foundation statue of Blessed Serra is also located in this garden. It is on the side of the garden away from the Church, in the middle.

Don't forget to rub Blessed Serra's toe for good luck.

You exit the garden at the end where the Saint Joseph statue stands. This statue reminds us that Blessed Serra's expedition was organized under the patronage of Saint Joseph and it's believed that the expedition was saved after a novena was prayed to the Saint.

St. Joseph
Picture taken 11:40am 23 Jul 2002

Now proceed under the arches and around the large meeting room (La Sala) into a smaller courtyard. Past the large crucifix you enter...

The Pieta Garden Trail


Navigation for Mission San Diego de Alcalá:

Mission Home :: History :: Map :: Asistencia :: First Mission :: Start Tour :: Church :: Garden :: Pieta Garden :: Museum :: Quadrangle

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