The Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first official stop on our 2012 California Missions road trip. It was the only mission of our first day, a Saturday.
It was a gorgeous day in San Diego. The blue sky was spectacular behind the white façade of the present basilica.
The church is still quite active. Organizers were setting up for a wedding when we were there. At the same time, a detached chapel was being used for a baptism.
The mission grounds were beautiful. This pietà, the thirteenth of the Stations of the Cross, stood out among the works of art.
Of course there was a statue of Fr. Junipero Serra, who founded the California Missions. It was the first of many sightings of this same image of Fr. Serra.