National Historic Landmark. Mission San Luis Rey was the eighteenth mission-founded June 13, 1798 by Fr. Lasuén. The mission is named for Louis IX, King of France (1215-70), canonized 1290 due to his crusades to Egypt and Jerusalem. This mission had the largest number of Native American converts of any mission. Original buildings include the church (1811), cemetery wall, gardens, kilns and a lavanderia (laundry and washing area featuring Luise˜o-carved gargoyle spouts). Other parts of the mission complex are historic reconstructions built in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The oldest pepper tree in California resides at Mission San Luis Rey.
Immediate and Long-Term Funding Needs:
- Seismic retrofit of mission church and museum urgently needed.
- Upgrade water and fire prevention systems
- Conservation of mission paintings and artifacts
- Repair water damage to mortuary chapel
- Upgrade archive and collection storage
to the Mission
North or southbound:
From I-5, exit to CA-76 east. Turn left
onto Rancho del Oro. Cross Mission Street to the mission parking
lot. (San Diego County)