Among our local missions, San Fernando Rey de España has the largest and creepiest collection of relics, statues, weapons, paintings, flags, clothing and tools, which take up several rooms on the property. While the mission has been largely rebuilt twice due to earthquake damage, it still contains ornately carved altars and gold-leafed decorations dating back to 1687. The museum and workshop building sits next to the mission's charming central garden with its wonderful old fountain, and is adjacent to the L.A. Diocese headquarters and the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Visit the Bob Hope Memorial Garden while you're there, or the graves of Ritchie Valens, William Bendix and Walter Brennan. And don't miss the gift shop, which carries beautiful and affordable religious souvenirs. But the museum is the main attraction here — if this place isn't haunted, nothing is. The ancient Tataviam Indian village of Achois was located on the Mission grounds (it even appears in Google Maps), and some have seen an Indian ghost walking around, which isn't surprising given what you'll learn about the mission's treatment of Native Americans during your visit. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 91345. (818) 361-0186, —Suzy Beal

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15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 91345


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