Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded 13 June 1798 (18th in order) by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuén. The mission is named for Louis IX, King of France (1215-1270).

Mission San Luis del Rey is the largest of all 21 California missions, also called the “King of Missions.” The local Native American tribe, dubbed the Luiseños by the Spanish, were taught agricultural methods, and many converted. Today, the Mission is open to the public in the Franciscan tradition of heritage and hospitality.

The Church is open to weddings and overnight spiritual renewal programs. Take a walk through a significant piece of Spanish Californian history, visit the church, cemetery, and the original arch.