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Mission San Luis Rey Museum Admission
"Unique to Mission San Luis Rey is the Lavanderia the largest archeological site at any of the Missions. The Lavanderia or laundry is where the Luiseno Indians and Mission residents did their bathing and washed their clothes. Water was channeled from the San Luis Rey River behind the Mission through aqueducts into a series of tile and stone pools to the Lavanderia and surr Spanish Mission Mexican Secularization and American Military periods. Although painted over through the years
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Mission San Luis Rey Museum Admission
"Unique to Mission San Luis Rey is the Lavanderia the largest archeological site at any of the Missions. The Lavanderia or laundry is where the Luiseno Indians and Mission residents did their bathing and washed their clothes. Water was channeled from the San Luis Rey River behind the Mission through aqueducts into a series of tile and stone pools to the Lavanderia and surr Spanish Mission Mexican Secularization and American Military periods. Although painted over through the years
From $7.00
 
San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport
"Hop on a complimentary shuttle at Pier 39 in San Francisco or make your own way to the seaplane base in Sausalito a beautiful bayside city just a couple miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. After a briefing from your expert pilot board a 6-passenger seaplane — a fixed-wing aircraft capable of taking off and landing on water — and take to the skies.Fly over Marin Country to Tomales Bay a long narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean known for its oyster farms. Then it’s on to the Point Reyes National Seashore a scenic park preserve marked by rocky headlands
From $279.00

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Mission's Cemetery Gardens

The gardens and cemetery meld together to create a peaceful and somber atmosphere with beautiful well kept lawns and lined with remembrance of many loved ones that have pasted. The cemetery consists of many faiths and welcomes visitors to stroll around and enjoy the beauty of the fountains and roses.

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Yaqui
Oct 17, 2010

Registered National Historic Landmark #NPS–7000014

The plaque reads, “San Luis Rey Mission Church has been designated a Registered National historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, 1970.” #NPS–70000142

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May 29, 2010

Gift Shop

For unique gifts, mementos, books on mission history and religious articles.

The Mission San Luis Rey Gift Shop offers a wide-range of gifts, mementos and books documenting the history of the Mission as well as religious articles, bibles and books. The Gift Shop is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Yaqui
May 29, 2010

Enjoy the Gardens and Statuary

I was fortunate to have visited Assisi, the town of St. Francis in 2001. When I saw this statue of St. Francis, it reminded me of that trip and of the great influence one man can have on the whole world. He gave up wealth to tend to the needy and spent much time helping lepers. With his many followers he began the order of Franciscan monks who came to the new world and helped establish the 21 missions in California.

The architecture of these missions has influenced the mission style of our California homes, public buildings, and even in the mission furniture style which is so popular today.

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Goner
Apr 21, 2003
 
 
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Mission San Luis Rey

The Sacred Garden. You can view but not walk around the premises. A beautiful and peaceful place.

The mission property is quite large and not only includes the church and museum but another courtyard with fountains & garden, a very nice looking cemetary (not at all creepy), and remnants of soldiers barracks across the street.

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Apr 20, 2003

Visit Mission San Luis Rey

Mission San Luis Rey is called the "King of the Missions". It is a good example of the architecture during the time the Franciscan order established the missions in California.

It was the Luiseno Indians who first inhabited this area. Since the Russians were quickly acquiring land, Spain established the missions as an inexpensive way to claim land in the name of Spain. Father Peyri was put in charge of San Luis Rey and during his stay the mission was home to approximately 3,000 Indians. After Mexico won it's independence, the land around the mission was under the control of various secular administrators who left nothing for the Indians.

After California became part of the US, the mission was ordered back to the Catholic church by President Lincoln, but it was abandoned until 1892 and left in disrepair.
In 1892 a group of Franciscans moved to San Luis Rey and rebuilt permanent living quarters where the museum sits today.

Excavations are still in progress unearthing things of the past.

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Apr 19, 2003

Mission San Luis Rey

Also known as the "King of the Missions", it is one of the largest in the chain of 21 missions in California. It was founded in 1798 by Father Fermen Laseun and named after Louis IX, King of France.

The structure was built mostly of adobe and is in the shape of a cross. The interior of the church is quite spacious with a beamed ceiling and colorfully painted decorations throughout. Originally the decorations were painted by American Indians.

The museum can be visited for $4.00 and includes artifacts from 18th & 19th century mission life. It was interesting to see the old photos of the mission abandoned and in terrible need of repair. Today the mission is in beautiful condition.

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Apr 19, 2003

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

Tucked away in a quiet North San Diego County Valley, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, you will find a majestic jewel of early California history called Mission San Luis Rey. Walking through the Sunken Gardens or along the arched colonnade, you will be transported to the past, imagining the everyday life of the Franciscan Friars and Indians who inhabited the Mission more than two centuries ago. Mission San Luis Rey truly lives up to its title as King of the Missions. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, located in Oceanside, California, is the eighteenth in a line of twenty-one California Missions. Owned and operated by the Franciscan Friars of California, the mission provides both guided and self-guided tours, a museum, gift shop, Franciscan Retreat Center, and Cemetery as well as various functions and events. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the Mission Church and surrounding grounds and to attend weekend mass.

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Nov 18, 2002

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Do not miss the Mission San...

Do not miss the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside -- it is gorgeous!!See my Mission San Luis Rey Travelogue for some shots of the exterior (it was closed the day we went but even just the exterior is spectacular).

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Sep 07, 2002

Monument Luiseno Americans

The cemetery is the oldest in North County and contains a monument built in 1830 in memory of the Luiseno Indians, this area's first inhabitants.

Open daily.

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Oct 17, 2010

The Cemetery is Quite Interesting

The cemetery holds a musoleum of past Franciscans and a statue Father Junipero Serra who lead his Franscian brothers to California to build the missions.

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Apr 21, 2003

Tour the Interior of the Mission

The interior of the Mission has been decorated as you would imagine it was when the Franciscans returned in 1892; very simple, without gilding or marble statuary unlike the churches in Europe.

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Apr 19, 2003

Things to Do Near Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

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Holiday Park

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K1 Speed Carlsbad

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LegoLand

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SEA LIFE Aquarium

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Getting to Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

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4050 Mission Avenue

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  • Sunday 10:00 to 16:30
  • Monday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Tuesday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Wednesday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Thursday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Friday 09:30 to 16:30
  • Saturday 10:00 to 16:30

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