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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
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9:30 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
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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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Beautiful historic mission

Tour the mission, it is beautiful. Be sure to find out the connection with the Zorro TV series. There is a special tree within it. They have a behind the scene tour that I would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tour the mission, it is beautiful. Be sure to find out the connection with the Zorro TV series. There is a special tree within it. They have a behind the scene tour that I would like to take.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very moving and personal experience for me. The woman who had been my Mentor as a teenager in Georgia passed away and I wanted to come and pay my respects to her. She had gone to school here in her youth and had gotten married - so it was fitting that she would be laid to rest... More 

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oceanside, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

More than I expected to see and learn about on a stroll one afternoon. The cemetery is beautiful and old chapel is historic! If you are new to oceanside spends some time visiting and learning about the mission!

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oceanside Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting museum and church, cemetery was also very interesting. Indian artifacts were also interesting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked this mission. I've been to most of the CA missions and this is one of the best. By far the best organized and visually capturing (as far as signage). Many missions put so much on display it becomes unappealing, but this one was very well-curated. Definitely worth stopping by.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in America - reminds me of visiting cathedrals in Europe. Amazing history, architecture, art, and ambience. The main altar, illuminated by a brilliant skylight, focuses one's attention on the glorified risen Christ. A remarkable masterpiece in brilliant color.

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Tamarac, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old mission church is open all day until 5 pm, the serenity is striking. The grounds are beautifully maintained and a walk through the cemetery is an historic journey.

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Vista, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply one of the the most peaceful places to attend mass. The history and grounds are wonderful and there is something special about the Franciscan Order. What a treasure.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called info the Mission on our way to Oceanside. The Mission is very tranquil and has been beautifully restored after its desolation in the late 1800's. It is still a practising Mission holding daily Mass as well as other Catholic ceremony's. The gardens are well kept, the cemetery particularly so. It was a welcome diversion away from the hussle and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth taking time to visit especially if you enjoy seeing California missions. The people were all nice that were working there. There are lots of interesting stories being told here.

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