Mission San Fernando Rey de España is a Spanish mission in the Mission Hills district of Los Angeles, California. The mission was founded on September 8, 1797, and was the seventeenth of the twenty-one Spanish missions established in Alta California. Named for Saint Ferdinand, the mission is the namesake of the nearby city of San Fernando and the San Fernando Valley.The mission was secularized in 1834 and returned to the Catholic Church in 1861; it became a working church in 1920. Today the mission grounds function as a museum; the church is a chapel of ease of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.HistoryIn 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition - the first Europeans to see inland areas of California - traveled north through the San Fernando Valley. On August 7 they camped at a watering place near where the mission would later be established. Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary travelling with the expedition, noted in his diary that the camp was "at the foot of the mountains".Mission San Fernando Rey de España was founded on September 8, 1797 by Father Fermín Lasuén, making it the fourth mission site he had established in as many months. The prime location the padre selected had been occupied by Francisco Reyes (then Los Angeles' mayor). However, after brief negotiations construction of the first buildings was soon underway (Mission records list Reyes as godfather to the first infant baptized at San Fernando).To visit Mission San Fernando on your trip to Los Angeles, use our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.
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Well worth a visit. A nice way to see history in the Los Angeles area. The grounds were well kept and peaceful. more »
I visited Mission San Gabriel a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the visit. This mission is sufficiently distinct from the San Gabriel one that you would gain another perspective of early California..... more »
A beautifully restored, historical California mission, with a clean, fresh look due to the almost complete disintegration of the place in the past. The expansive park-like areas are restful. A museum presents history and local artifacts, including quite a few Bob Hope objects. The church on site is active and welcoming.
What a fantastic piece of California State History! This Mission has been well-preserved despite surviving a major earthquake. Only negative notes, some of the exhibits are a little phoned-in (tangentially related) and the staff are virtually non-existent (probably due to lack of visitors). For only $5 admission, you do get your money's worth.
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