Monday, June 20, 2011

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana was founded on September 8, 1797, which is the Feast of the birth of Mary, by Padre Fermin Francisco de Lasuen.  The mission is name for St Ferdinand, King of Spain.  The mission is #17 of 21 missions. 

The location of the mission is in the middle of the trangle formed by Interstate 5, 405 and the Simi Valley Freeway(118).  The addressis 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd, San Fernando, cA.  The phone number is 818-361-0186 and the hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

The settlement is lcoated on the former Encino Rancho in Mission Hills community, north of Los Angeles.  The site is near the first gold discovery in Alta California. 

The church became a working church again in 1923 and the mission was finally restored in the 1940's due to a large gift of money from the Hearst Foundation.  In 1971, a large earthquake damages the church which had to be completely rebuilt.  The church was rebuilt in 1974.  In 2003, Bob Hope was buried in the bob Hope Memorial Gardens. 

Information for this blog was taken from Wikipedia and