Mission San Luis Obispo

Visit Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

statue on the campus of Mission San Luis Obispo de TolosaFounded in 1772, this mission is the namesake of San Luis Obispo. Unlike other missions in California, the San Luis Obispo Mission is open to the public every day of the year and remains an active parish for San Luis Obispo's Catholic community.

While visiting this Californian historical landmark, you can go to the museum to see a collection of artifacts from Native California and the Mission Era. There is no charge for admission.

Once you are at the mission, you will want to see the gardens. The gardens are integral to the Mission campus. The gardens are filled with cacti, roses, oaks, and citrus trees planted and maintained by those who have cared for the mission over the centuries.

The gardens at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa are a quiet sanctuary where you can rest and reflect.

For those who are interested, the mission is an active Catholic Church. You can attend Mass with others in the community if you wish. The Mass schedule is posted on their website.

Stay Near the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

When choosing from the hotels in San Luis Obispo, you want one near all the great San Luis Obispo attractions. Embassy Suites by Hilton San Luis Obispo is only a 7-minute drive (1.6 miles) away from the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa as well as being near so many other sightseeing locations which will make your trip to Southern California one you will always cherish.

Early California History and the Mission

Long before the new world became the United States, Spain had explorers and missionaries spread out over the Southwest, through Mexico and California.

The mission was built here because of the closeness to an abundance of natural resources and because of the nearby friendly Chumash Native Americans. The California missions were part of Spain's attempt to bring Christianity to the native people of the region and were quite successful in their efforts though several tribes worked hard to oust the Europeans from their territory, which led to several conflicts at the San Luis Obispo Mission.

The mission fell into disrepair in the 1840s and eventually was taken over by the State. The Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was turned into the first courthouse and jail for San Luis Obispo County.

When California joined the United States in 1850, the mission was returned to the Catholic Church and since then has undergone significant restoration. In 1970 the mission was formally recognized as the center of the city of San Luis Obispo.

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