Original San Diego Mission Site

Presidio Hill, site of the original San Diego Mission, is now topped by the Serra Museum. I can show you pictures of the outside of the museum but because the museum does not own all of the displays they do not allow photography inside the museum. Museum Dedication Plaque Down the hill from the museum […]

Mission San Diego Map

This is a copy of an old San Diego Mission map… …and this is today’s tour map covering approximately the same area as it currently exists.

Mission San Diego Quadrangle

You exit the museum into a small courtyard off the quadrangle. A beautiful Tamarisk tree sits here. None of the references indicate the tree has any great significance; it’s just a nice picture. Around the corner is the Saint Bernardine Chapel (La Capilla). Before going in, look above the door. There you will find four […]

Mission San Diego History

History In Brief Founded: 16 July 1769 by Saint Junípero Serra Named for: Saint Didacus of Alcalá Number in Series: 1st Indian Name: Nipaguay (original site: Cosoy) Brand:  Detail The origins of the Alta California mission system date back to several wars; in particular, the War of Jenkin’s Ear fought between Spain and Great Britain […]

Mission San Diego de Alcalá

Mission San Diego de Alcalá was founded 16 July 1769 (1st in order) by Saint Junípero Serra. The mission is named for Saint Didacus of Alcalá. The originally was founded on a site the Indians named Cosoy. The mission was moved to the present site (Indian name Nipaguay) in 1774 and was destroyed both in […]

Mission San Diego Entry

The tour of this Mission starts outside the quadrangle. As you approach the entrance to the Mission gift shop look down the drive. You should see a cross in a circular area. This cross is in honor of Padre Luis Jayme who was the first martyr in California, having been killed trying to calm attacking […]

Mission San Diego Church

The Church you see here is actually the fifth on the site. The first was built in 1774. It was destroyed during the 1775 raid when Padre Jayme was martyred. The second Church was built in 1776 and enlarged in 1780 (considered Church #3). It was again enlarged and reinforced in 1813 (#4). All that […]

Mission San Diego Garden

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. 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 […]

Santa Ysabel Asistencia

Santa Ysabel was a sub-mission of Mission San Diego de Alcalá. It was established in 1818 as a means of serving people who had a hard time getting to San Diego. There is nothing left of the original asistencia however in 1924 the San Ysabel chapel was dedicated and sits near the site of the […]

Mission San Diego Pieta Garden

The Pieta Garden (area #4 above) features two major items: a Pieta statue and a mosaic Stations of the Cross. The Pieta statue is similar to that carved by Michelangelo in Rome. There is a small walkway by the statue should you care to examine it closely. The mosaic Stations of the Cross on the […]