It turns out that Diego is a nickname for Didacus. This Mission was burned down, rebuilt, destroyed in an earthquake, restored and enlarged and restored again. The local Kumeyaay never liked the settlers. Eight hundred attacked the mission killing the blacksmith Padre Jayme.
The word "attack" was scratched out on the museum sign, but there wasn't a suggestion for an alternate description.
|First Mission, farthest south|
|Each bell has a history|
It is bright in the San Diego sun, surrounded by a neighborhood. If the big parking lot in the center courtyard is an indication, it is well used by its parishioners.
The church is a nice painted one.
I like these more than the gilt altars.
|Choir stall detail|
The sign from the archaeological dig said the unfortunately the research and notes from the dig were not available. I asked in the gift shop what happened to them. Sounds like it is something about a late professor's chicken scratch notes and the university.