U. S. Mission Trail / The Mission Trail Today - The Spanish Missions in California
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#1, San Diego de Alcala

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Church

San Diego
Mission
Main Page
Grounds
Grounds
Church
Church
Other Buildings
Other Buildings
Exhibits
Exhibits
Archeological Excavation
Archeological Excavation
Garden
Garden
Mission Dam
Mission Dam
Surrounding Area
Surrounding Area
Original Site - Presidio Hill
Original Site
Presidio Hill
San Diego de Alcala
Front. Fifth church. 1-11-04.
Altar
Church. 1-11-04.
The church is 150 feet long, 35 feet wide, and 29 feet high. The width was kept narrow because of the height of available trees. The high windows provided protection and reduced weight. Oiled skins were used over the windows because glass was difficult to make. After secularization, the Mormon Battalion of the U.S. Cavalry added a second floor to the church to be used as barracks with the lower level as a stable. The Army of the Pacific used the Mission from 1851 to 1858 and it remained as Army Headquarters until 1862 when President Lincoln returned the Missions to the Catholic church. In 1931 the church was restored to the specifications and appearance of 1813. Adobe bricks in the baptistry, Wooden headers over the doors, and the dark floor tiles are original.
Church and Bell Tower
Church and Bell Tower. 1-11-04.
Church
Church. Photo date: 5-8-05.
Church
Church. Photo date: 5-8-05.
Church
Church. Photo date: 5-8-05.

Church front. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Church front. Photo date: 5-14-06.
Church
Altar. 11-10-02.

Church interior door. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Church side entrance. Photo date: 5-14-06.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. 1-11-04.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. 1-11-04.
Bell Tower
Bell Tower. 1-11-04.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.

Bell tower. Photo date: 5-14-06.


The statues in the niches along the corridor are of the saints for whom the nine Missions founded by Padre Serra were named, in order of each Mission's founding.


The doors are replicas made of redwood with carvings based on the original design. The emblem over the doors is the papal insignia signifying Mission San Diego as minor basilica, an honor bestowed by Pope Paul VI in 1976.



San Diego
Mission
Main Page
Grounds
Grounds
Church
Church
Other Buildings
Other Buildings
Exhibits
Exhibits
Archeological Excavation
Archeological Excavation
Garden
Garden
Mission Dam
Mission Dam
Surrounding Area
Surrounding Area
Original Site - Presidio Hill
Original Site
Presidio Hill

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