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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

Aristotle Coronel, co-managing editor

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Located in San Diego is one of California’s many historical missions and a National Historic Landmark. Some weeks ago, I was fortunate to have visited and gone to Mass with my parents at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. Founded July 16, 1769 by Spanish Franciscan friar Junipero Serra, it is the first of twenty­one beautiful and magnificent California Missions. The mission and the city in which it is located were named after the Catholic Saint Didacus (San Diego) de Alcalá. The church’s unique construction, design, and use of building materials provided a prime example for the “mission style.” One of the most important characteristics of this style are the mission bells. The church’s bell tower (called a campanario) has five bells that hang in openings cut in a wall 46 feet high and topped by a wooden cross. My parents said, “Visiting this church is like stepping back into history and experiencing a remnant of the Spanish colonial period.

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  1. Ava Moore on May 31st, 2016 7:41 am

    Your story is laid out very well.

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