California travel expert Veronica Hill tours Mission San Diego de Alcalá — one of the first California Missions ever built — in this episode of “California Travel Tips.”

Mission San Diego, a minor basilica, was established in 1769 by Padre Junipero Serra and Father Luis Jayme. Located in Mission Valley in San Diego on Mission Road, the California mission was the first mission and first church in California.

This historic landmark is also the birthplace of the West Coast’s agriculture industry and home of California’s first martyr, Jayme, who was killed by the native Kumeyaay Indians during a 1775 riot.

Today, the San Diego Mission is open to the public for tours, housing a small museum of religious artifacts. Mission weddings are also held here in the two on-site chapels.

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