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Mission San Luis Rey

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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey

©2008 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

Mission San Luis Rey was the eighteenth one built in California, founded June 13, 1798 by Father Fermin Lasuen. It was named for Louis, King of France (Mission San Luis Rey de Francia)

If you're here because you want to visit Mission San Luis Rey, you may want to read up on its history first, take a look at some pictures or just get the location which is below.

If you're looking for background material for a California Fourth Grade report, use this page and the mission history. If you're building a model for your project, check out the layout and floor plan and take a look at the pictures. If you need some help, try the model-building books and resources.

Interesting Facts about Mission San Luis Rey

  • Mission San Luis Rey was the largest and most populous in California
  • The first pepper tree planted in California is still alive at Mission San Luis Rey
  • Mission San Luis Rey was the last one Father Lasuen founded

Mission San Luis Rey Timeline

  • 1798 -Father Lasuen founds Mission San Luis Rey
  • 1821 -First church finished
  • 1831 -2,800 native converts
  • 1832 -Father Peyri leaves Mission San Luis Rey
  • 1834 -Secularized
  • 1892 -Franciscans return to Mission San Luis Rey
  • 1895 -Reconstruction begins

Where Is Mission San Luis Rey Located?

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA (near San Diego)
Mission Website and current hours
Mission San Luis Rey is located north of downtown San Diego between I-5 and I-15 on Highway 76. I-5, exit onto Highway 76 and drive 4 miles east to Rancho del Oro. From I-15, exit onto Highway 76 and drive 15 miles wast to Rancho del Oro. Mission San Luis Rey will be on the right.
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