Mission San Luis de Apalachee, Tallahassee

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Mission San Luis de Apalachee (also known as San Luis de Talimali) was a Spanish Franciscan mission built in 1656 in the Florida Panhandle, two miles west of the present-day Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida. It was located in the descendent settlement of Anhaica (also as Anhayca Apalache or Inihayca) capital of Apalachee Province. The mission was part of Spain's effort to colonize the Florida Peninsula and to convert the Timucuan and Apalachee Indians to Christianity. The mission lasted until 1704 when it was evacuated and destroyed to prevent its use by an approaching militia of Creek Indians and South Carolinians.

The site where the mission stood was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1966.

In 1996, a project began to reconstruct some of the mission buildings on the site, based on archeological and historical evidence.
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  • Went here with a travel group and enjoyed it very much. It was all reconstructed and I thought they’d done an extraordinary job. I loved that they had people dressed in period costume. The young... 
    Went here with a travel group and enjoyed it very much. It was all reconstructed and I thought they’d done an extraordinary job. I loved that they had people dressed in period costume. The young...  more »
  • We like historical sites so we expected to enjoy San Luis Mission, and we were not disappointed. There are no original buildings, as the Spanish and Apalachee Indians burned everything in 1704... 
    We like historical sites so we expected to enjoy San Luis Mission, and we were not disappointed. There are no original buildings, as the Spanish and Apalachee Indians burned everything in 1704...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed this stop! It is only $5 for an adult and you walk through the village with people dressed up telling you about their area. The blacksmith was actually making items that are for sale in the gift shop. The soldiers were really cool and very informative. We also really enjoyed checking out the church part and talking to the fryer!
  • Great place to visit. We visited on Sunday morning and it was almost empty. Thank you to all staff members for their stories and especially older gentleman, blacksmith who gave us a great tour. I would highly recommend this place to everyone.

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