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Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside

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  • Mission has lovely landscaping of California plants. Nice place to enjoy the outside. Cemetery is interesting. Nice garden by retreat center. We did not view the museum. 
  • Beautiful mission. Great to see from afar and up close. This mission has a tour you can do inside (for a few dollars), a cemetery (for free, outside) and lot of things to look at and walk and learn fr...  more »
  • One of the oldest and grandest mission in California. Self-guided tour inside and outside. The old bath/laundry area is still standing - thank goodness, as it was one of our favorites. Mission was cov...  more »
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  • I didn’t see all Missions in CA but Old Oceanside Mission was jaw dropping. It is so huge and his white gates look like they have so much to say. Fascinating is Mission overall shape. It is very well preserved compared to other Missions I visited. Church interior reminded me of Italy. Chapel and cemetery are still in operation. We had a quick half an hour museum tour, but I don’t recall ticket price. If you are near San Diego, be sure to visit this place, you won’t be disappointed. Five star experience indeed.
  • I have met with both Father Francisco and Father Mesi and both were very helpful. They met with me almost immediately and heard my confessions during a dark period. I'm looking forward to seeing them at Sunday Mass. Tony Mason
  • If you're interested in learning about the history of California in its earliest days; stop by and take one of the guided tours of the Mission on a weekend day. The Guide for the tour I took was filled with knowledge about the history of the Mission and the people who lived at it. It didn't take much to feel like I was in a western movie, and the Oceanside Hills around me were a film set. We were treated to information about the reconstruction of the Mission, as well as it's ownership under the Spanish, the Mexicans, and the Californians. There are lots of photo opportunities at the mission; and things to see; like the oldest Pepper tree in California.
  • Well I think that it is a very well taken breautiful church, and as well i am doing it for my mission project for 4th and I have to say I actuly super duper love it
  • The 18th Mission to be built, San Luis Rey de Francia, lies in a valley just east of Oceanside on State Highway 76. The Mission was named for Louis IX of France, whose descendants occupied the Spanish throne at the time and whose claim to fame was leading two disastrous crusades to the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. The grounds of the Mission contain a beautifully manicured garden cemetery, complete with a large crypt that serves as burial place for the Friars. On the other side of the Church is a private rose garden that is home to the oldest Pepper Tree in California. Retreats are held at the Mission which can accommodate up to 100 people. The church was closed for a year and completely renovated in order to make it earthquake proof. It's a beautiful place and is the site of many community events. The Luiseno Indians hold their Pow Wow there. It's really a treat to see all the native Americans wearing their ornate costumes and performing dances and drumming.