San Luis Rey de Francia, 18th mission
Known as “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey de Francia lies in a sheltered valley about a mile east of the Pacific Ocean. Named for Louis IX, the crusading king of France and a Secular Franciscan, the cross-shaped church was dedicated on the Feast of St. Anthony in 1798 by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuen, OFM.
Considered by many to be the most architecturally graceful of California's missions, Old Mission San Luis Rey has been restored according to the original plans and designs. Today the mission is part of a vibrant campus that encompasses a multicultural parish, retreat center and beautiful grounds with California's oldest pepper tree.