As you may have seen in the previous post about the stuck bus, we could not visit the interior of the church on our first visit, as a funeral was taking place. We came back on our last day in San Diego to complete the tour.
On the first visit, the ladies let us in without paying. The adult rate for the visit is $5 and the seniors rate (55+) is $3. On our second visit, they also let us tour the interior without charging admission as they felt bad that we needed to come twice. Visiting this beautiful building twice was not really a chore for us.
Now, a bit about the Mission, located at 10818 Mission San Diego Road. It was founded on July 17, 1769 by Spanish missionary, Junipero Serra in an area long inhabited by the Kumeyaay people. It was the first Franciscan mission built in the Californias, a province of New Spain. The current building is the 5th to stand on this site and was built in the early 19th Century. The mission was named after Catholic Didacas of Alcala, more commonly known as San Diego. It is the site of the first Christian burial in Alta California and also the site of the first public execution. California’s first Christian martyr, Father Luis Jayme lies buried under the chancel floor. (SOURCE:Wikipedia)
Now, for the photos:
The details and museum shots
The courtyard garden shots.
The Campanero or bell tower
The flowers, both at the Mission and on our walk toward it.
The birds on our walk to the Mission and at the Mission