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Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Paper Model. Perfect for School Projects A+.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Model Project

Build this 3D paper model replica of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. Perfect for school projects! All you have to do is cut, glue and assemble this mission into a beautify 3D replica. Printed on thick card heavy duty stock paper. 

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1. Buy now on Amazon. Two options to choose from. Mission Large Model Only and Deluxe Set (includes mission accessories).

Deluxe Set (Most Popular)
Includes Mission Accessories
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Large Size Mission Model
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Model Deluxe Set
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Model Only
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2. Purchase a Mega Deluxe Set downloadable online now.

Get instant access. You will receive multiple pdf files where you can print on your own color printer. The Mega Deluxe Set comes with everything you see below. This is not available on Amazon. You will get the Large Mission Model, The Extra Annex Building, The Mission Accessories and the Project Board Mega Pack. 

Mission Model Size

Large Size Base:

  • Width: 10 inches
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Height: 6.7 inches

History of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia

The eighteenth mission built in California was not only the largest and one of the most successful, but it was also the last built by Padre Fermin Lasuen. Not only did Padre Lasuen have an excellent eye for where to build missions, but he also oversaw the most successful period in the California mission system’s history. For the eighteenth mission, Padre Lasuen chose a location that was between Mission San Luis Rey de Francia de Alcalá and Mission San Juan Capistrano to help make travel between the two easier.

Padre Lasuen named the new mission Mission San Luis Rey de Francia (“Saint Louis IX, King of France”) after King Louis IX who promoted Christianity in the 1200’s and changed many of France’s laws to make them more fair. Louis IX died from dysentery while helping Christian countries fight in a series of wars known as the Crusades.

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded on June 13, 1798 and Padre Lasuen placed Padre Antonio Peyri in charge of the new mission. Padre Peyri was popular at the mission and would remain in charge 34 years.

Not only did Padre Lasuen’s trust in Padre Peyri turn out to be well placed, but he also chose a great location for one of the main goals of the mission: to baptize as many Native Americans as possible. On the same day as the founding, 54 members of the Luiseño tribe were baptized. Many moved to the mission and helped with construction efforts there. While the first church was small and made out of the simple adobe bricks the Spanish often used, the mission grew rapidly. The church was expanded and shops, living quarters, and storerooms were built shortly after. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia quickly became the biggest mission in California, which was one of the reasons it earned the nickname the “King of Missions.”

While the buildings that made up Mission San Luis Rey de Francia were larger than any other mission, there was also an enormous amount of farmland for the Padres and Luiseño to use to grow food. There was farmland as far as 15 miles away from the mission and in one year 67,000 bushels of wheat were grown. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia also had 50,000 livestock living at the mission which is one of the highest numbers at any mission in California.

The success at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia would continue for many years under Padre Peyri until Mexico won its independence from Spain. The new Mexican government could not afford to keep the missions running like Spain had so they started closing missions and selling mission property and land. Padre Peyri understood that this would hurt the missions in California and retired before Mission San Luis Rey de Francia could be ended by the Mexican government. He was popular with the Luiseño, some of whom followed him to San Diego and tried but failed to persuade him to stay.

In 1846, the Mexican Governor Pio Pico sold Mission San Luis Rey de Francia for $2,437, which was a higher price than most other missions. By this time, the Luiseño and Padres had left the mission.

The coming years were difficult for the “King of Missions,” because it spent many years abandoned. For a short time in the 1850’s, the US military used the mission as a base, but the mission buildings were used as stables for their horses. It was not until 1892, that a group of Padres would take over ownership Mission San Luis Rey de Francia and finally start restoring it.

It took many years for the mission to be fully restored, but now it is once again the “King of Missions.” Not only is the architecture and size of the mission still impressive, but two of the only known Western Native American sculptures are also displayed at the mission. There is also a pepper tree that was originally planted by Padre Peyri that still survives to this day. Perhaps the best reason to visit Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is that both the renovations and the upkeep of the mission are paid completely by the support of the visitors. That means not only can you see the largest mission and learn about its history up close, but you will also help keep it running for years to come at the same time.