Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Mission San Luis Obispo Grounds
Father Serra

The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, named after a bishop from Toulouse France. Founded by Junipero Serra, it is one of the few missions that remains in the same location after all these years. Facing on to the mission plaza this church has been well taken care of over the years. If you come to the mission remember it is an operating church. Masses, christenings, weddings, funerals and other events are often in progress. There is a beautiful central garden that is hidden from most people as they are not as adventurous as they might be. The central garden has roses, a big pergola dripping with grapes, a space for big BBQ’s and connects to the parking area for handicapped church members. The three old bells are on display in the garden area. Now about those bells, there are five bells on in the church belfry. Most people only see the three on the front of the church, however on the north side there are two more. Each of the five bells has a unique name and tone. There is a plaque to the left of the main entrance with the history of the last bell replacements.

Mission San Luis Obispo - Five Bells
Five Bells

The peaceful grounds of the mission have some wonderful off to the side places where the noon time readers find respite in the middle of the busy city. Come on in. Enjoy the history and reflect on the history of this beautiful mission.

There is so much in San Luis Obispo down town, that the Mission Plaza in front of the Church is a very popular spot to bring you lunch or pick up something at the local establishments surrounding the Mission.


Mission San Luis Obispo
Mission San Luis Obispo

Founded by Fray Junípero Serra, OFM, first president of the California missions, Mission San Luís Obispo was the fifth in a chain of 21 missions stretching from San Diego to Sonoma. Built by the Chumash Indians living in the area, its combination of belfry and vestibule is unique among California missions. In 1846 John C. Frémont and his California Battalion quartered here while engaged in the war with Mexico.
Location: Chorro between Higuera and Palm in Downtown San Luis Obispo

Wikipedia Says and Mission San Luis Obispo Official Website Says

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Charley Carlin

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Charley has many quests. One of those quests is to visit and explore all the California Missions and other missions throughout the southwest. Found all around the southwest in his Prius, he is a passionate seeker of those slightly odd and a bit different locales.  He can also be found on his family blog – charley.nethis social media guide – Charley Carlin – Social Media Guide  and via Reviews on YELPTrip Advisor, Google Maps, and Google+.