Known as "King of the Missions," Fr. Fermin Franciso Lasuen founded this mission on June 13, 1798, making it the 18th Mission to be created on the El Camino Real. He named it after St. Louis IX of France. Under the direction of Fr. Antonio Peyrí, the mission prospered and was able to support the Indigenous People who inhabited the surrounding areas. San Luis Rey was abandoned for nearly 40 years, then used as a military outpost in the Mexican-American war of 1846. The current church was dedicated in 1815 and is still in use today.
This ¾" thick wooden replica is handcrafted in the U.S. to reflect its historical features. Set it neatly on a shelf, wainscoting, or window/door trim to remind you of this special place you've visited or dream of visiting someday. A short description is written on the back.
Look for Casper, our black cat mascot, taking up residence within the design. This is the sign of an authentic Cat’s Meow!