San Luis Rey de Francia Mission

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The San Luis Rey de Francia Mission was the 18th mission, and was founded on June 13, 1798.

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The San Luis Rey de Francia Mission is located State Highway 76, 5 miles east of Oceanside.

 

The Mission

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San Luis Rey de Francia Mission
San Luis Rey de Francia Mission
(Source: Library of Congress)

The San Luis Rey de Francia mission was the 18th mission to be built. The mission operated for 34 years under the guidance of Father Antonio Peyri. It had a large church designed to hold thousands of worshippers.

In 1832, after secularization, the structures deteriorated. During the Mexican War, United States troops used the mission as barracks. In 1893 the mission was turned into a seminary and restoration started. It is still an active parish church and seminary.

San Luis Rey de Francia Mission
San Luis Rey de Francia Mission Fireplace
(Source: Library of Congress)
This picture shows a large fireplace at the San Luis Rey mission.

 

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