Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

This is an inside Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, California. We were allowed to bring a tripod (after asking) and were encouraged to take as many pictures as we liked. Wow! Some Missions in CA do not have the No-Tripod Police!  Shooting in a dark space like this requires a tripod and long exposure time. We used a remote shutter trigger to avoid any camera shake during the shot.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, also known as Mission San Luis Rey or San Luis Rey Mission Church, was founded on June 13, 1798 in coastal Las Californias, in the present day city of Oceanside, California. The local Quechnajuichom Native American tribe became known as the Luiseno Mission Indians, after the Mission’s ‘Luis’.

The original name, La Misión de San Luis, Rey de Francia (The Mission of Saint Louis, King of France) was named for King Louis IX of France.  It’s ‘nickname’ was “King of the Missions” It was founded by padre Fermin Lasuen on June 13, 1798, the eighteenth of the twenty-one Spanish Missions of California built in the upper Las Californias Province of the Viceroyalty of Nueva Espagna. At its prime the Mission San Luis Rey’s structures and services compound covered almost 6 acres (24,000 m2), making it one of the largest of the missions!


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