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Mission San Diego de Alcala

You can not grow up in California without learning about Junipero Serra and the Spanish Missions. I learned about the different explorers who touched California in the 4th grade. Many countries came to California looking exploit the riches of the area. Sir Francis Drake and the Golden Hind potentially explored Point Reyes in Northern California. Bering explored similar areas for the Russians.

But it was the Spanish that were successful at colonizing the West Coast of the New World. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo touch down in what is now San Diego in September 28 1542 and claimed it for Spain. It was not until the late 1700's that Spain sent missionaries to the New World to establish settlements. Junipero Serra founded the first church in California at San Diego on July 16, 1769. It was later moved inland to the current site in 1774 to be closer to water.

I have been fascinated by these men who decided to leave their homeland for unknown lands. We visited Spain in 1985 and toured the area of Extremadura. How similar the land with golden rolling hills dotted with trees. I've often wondered what they thought when they traveled inland in California and found areas that reminded them of Spain.

The first mission founded was in San Diego. I finally got a chance to visit it during the Slow Travel get together. Here are some photos of the beautiful small first mission of California.

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Courtyard Garden

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Spring blooming Aloes in the garden

Mission San Diego de Alcala
I love the bell towers at all the missions

Mission San Diego de Alcala
And the lovely loggias

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Modern statue of Serra with Indian infant

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission San Diego de Alcala
Slow Travel group outside the mission

Comments (5)

sandrac:

What vivid photos, Marta. Beautiful!

I must admit, I became more interested in the Spanish missions in California after seeing the old Hitchcock movie Vertigo!

Cool photos! If I wait long enough, I can just link to everyone else to describe my trip or at least the places I visited :) I really enjoyed visiting this mission.

Great photos, Marta.
I too often wonder about the missioners leaving what they know for the unknown.

Great photos.

I used to teach the California missions to 4th graders. I have been to ALL but one!

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