San Diego is teeming with history and culture. It is one of the oldest places in the United States and when it comes to historical places, a history buff will never run out of great sites to explore in this part of California.
The San Diego History Center has rounded up the historical sites that can be found within the county. One of the areas it mentioned was the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. In their write-up they explained why this place has been described as the “King of Missions.”
“It was founded in 1789 by Fermín de Lasuén, who, as Father President, established nine missions, more even than were founded by Junípero Serra. In its architecture and construction, San Luis Rey was the work of Father Antonio Peyri. The effect, a combination of Spanish, Mexican, Moorish, and Italian styles, is of a rarely graceful beauty, especially the church itself, the most massive adobe building in California.”
Check out the rest of the historical sites discussed in the article here.
San Diego Historic Sights
TripSavvy also discussed in one of its blog posts, the points of interests in San Diego County. In their list they suggested several historic places for visitors wanting to get a glimpse of the old San Diego as well as its history. One of the highlight areas they included in their list is the Cabrillo National Monument and the Point Loma Light House.
“In honor of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed into what is now San Diego Bay in 1542, this National Park is situated at the tip of Point Loma, a long, scenic peninsula that forms San Diego Bay. The park offers one of the most incredible views of the harbor, Pacific Ocean, and downtown, and you can get some history to go along with the view at the visitors center and old Lighthouse.”
The rest of the areas in their list can be found here.
Top Ten Historic Destinations
USA Today meanwhile counted down the top ten historic destinations in San Diego. In their write-up they also included the highlights of the place, and why visitors should be interested to explore the site. The Mission Basilica de San Diego Alcala is part of their list.
“Established in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra, this beautiful mission once served as home to early pioneer priests as well as the Kumeyaay Indians. Its museum tells the story of the mission’s formative years. Lovely grounds complete with gardens and padre’s cell.”
The rest on the nine destinations that made it to their countdown can be found here.
San Diego County is indeed rich in history!