Virtual Guidebook to El Camino Real
Mission San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo California


Mission San Luis Obispo was named for Saint Louis the bishop of Toulouse. (Another California mission honors Saint Louis the King of France - San Luis Rey). The mission was founded by Father Jumipero Serra in 1772 in the valley of the bears (Los Osos).

This mission is notable for its L-shaped church. Like most of the missions it deteriorated after secularization and has been restored in several stages. It now stands right in the heart of the charming college town named for it, and is still a Catholic church.



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A statue of Father Junipero Serra at Mission San Luis Obispo

(April 28, 2008)


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In the church at Mission San Luis Obispo

(April 28, 2008)


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The vestments room in the San Luis Obispo Mission Museum

(April 28, 2008)


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Garden adjacent to the Mission in San Luis Obispo

(April 28, 2008)


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