Explore California's 21 Missions

Early photo circa 1880

Mission San Luis Rey

Founded in June 1798. San luis Rey is the last mission founded in eighteenth century. Named for Louis IX of Poissy, King of France (Patron saint and example of the French monarchy) who was a Franciscan. It was known as the grandest and the richest of missions. Located 50 miles from San Diego. This mission is 18th in the chain of 21 Spanish Franciscan missions in California.



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