Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
Of all the missions I have seen so far, Mission San Luis Rey is my favorite. I especially love its gardens and the Lavanderia which is unique to this mission. I am amazed of the size and beauty.
Although Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is the second mission (from south to north) on the Camino Real, "The Royal Road", this mission was founded in 1798 making it the 18th mission. It was named after King Luis IX of France, who led crusades to the Holy Land in the 13th century. It was also nicknamed "King of The Missions," because of its size and how prosperous it was. It has a long corridor with 32 Roman arches that spanned the front of the friary or convento. In just one decade Mission San Luis Rey's livestock grew from 800 to 20,000.
ADDRESS: 4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
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HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5pm
Closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
RECOMMENDATIONS: If you wish to visit all the 21 missions, the mission store sells a mission "passport." Every time you visit a new mission they stamp your passport.
BEST TIME TO GO: Anytime. In mid to late October and early November the mission has a "Day of the Dead" festival where they bring folklore dancers and Aztec dancers.