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Immaculate Conception - Old Town San Diego

Immaculate Conception

This is NOT The SD Mission de Alcala!

On the corner of San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street, across the street from the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, there is a Roman Catholic church which many visitors seem to mistake for the Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala.

This church is the Immaculate Conception, a Parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, California.

2540 San Diego Avenue
(619) 295-4148

Of course it has a history. It was originally called the Old Adobe Church. The cornerstone was laid in 1851 and the completed church was dedicated on November 21, 1858, under the title of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On July 10, 1868, almost a hundred years after Father Junipero Serra planted the first Cross on Presidio hill , the cornerstone for a brick church was laid to replace the Old Adobe Church. On July 22, 1917 Immaculate Conception Church was finally opened. The Church has been in continuous operation since that time.

Two of the original bells of the San Diego Mission still summon the faithful to worship, one in the Mission San Diego de Alcala and the other one, here in the bell tower of Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town.


Unique Suggestions: If it looks interesting, you may go in to look around. Of course, if there is a mass being said at the time, you should either sit respectfully in a pew and wait for the service to be over or leave and return after mass has ended, to look around.

Fun Alternatives: The place you are probably looking for is the Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcala.

The first Mission of the twenty-one Californian missions. It is located only a few miles from Old Town, at

10818 San Diego Mission Road.
(619) 283-7319.

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2013
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