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Mission San Luis Rey

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Address: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057
Phone Number: +1 760-757-3651
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the...

Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, known as the "King of the Missions," is a National Historic Landmark. The largest of all the 21 California missions, it is home to a community of Franciscan Friars and is open daily to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality. Facilities include a Retreat Center with day and overnight programs for spiritual renewal, multi-function meeting spaces, a Cemetery open to all people, Mission Gift Shop, Historic Church and interpretive Museum.

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Nic display. They have s Small museum that shows life back in the height of the mission. I live seeing old churches and the part they played in history

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
shelley s
Metter, Georgia
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Metter, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nic display. They have s Small museum that shows life back in the height of the mission. I live seeing old churches and the part they played in history

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This well-preserved location is perfect for a beautiful Sunday Mass. The church, outbuildings, grounds and gardens are serene and peaceful.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

i see the pics of the graveyard but what about the graveyard across the street that is fenced in on a dirt lot ? anybody know what that is about.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

On a trip up the coast we stopped by to see this mission. It is very well preserved and next to a working missionary complex.There may be people using the mission so you need to respect their privacy. A very nice chapel with several nice paintings. The gardens are nice with the oldest pepper tree in California. A museum is... More 

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is called the King of the Missions and it truly is. Beautiful grounds, great docents, The sanctuary is mostly original, and they have services often, every day. This is a traditional mission with side alters, a central nave, bell tower. I always enjoy the old cemeteries whenever I can.The museum is outstanding, so is the gift shop. This is... More 

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Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Never visited a mission so didn't know what to expect, but ended up totally charmed. The grounds, including the vast cemetery (the oldest in the area), a pepper tree planted in the 1800s, and commemorative statues, were lovely. The tour is well worth the $7 to get a glimpse back in time at the purpose and history of the CA... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Found this place late in the day. Typical Spanish Mission (one of the older ones). Found the cemetery on the grounds interesting. Graves dating to the 1700's to present day. Museum offered lots of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

I had to see this mission before I left Oceanside, and it did not disappoint. The old cemetery from the 1800s was still there. The church was beautiful.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We enjoyed visiting this mission and found out it had been one of the largest and most successful missions along the California coast. The chapel is large and hosts Mass daily at noon. We enjoyed the folk art and exploring the old cemetery next to it. The museum is located in one section of the old living quarters and covers... More 

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This church is a landmark and is absolutely gorgeous inside. It is a must stop, if you are in the area.

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