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Old Mission San Luis Rey

Founded in 1798, Old Mission San Luis Rey, 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. Mission San Luis Rey holds various community fundraising events throughout the year to support the preservation of the Mission.
Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia
4050 Mission Avenue
Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed major holidays - call for more information.

Note: Mission San Luis Rey is approximately seven miles east of downtown.


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