Unforgettable Experiences in an Extraordinary Place

Reconstructing Mission San Luis

The Franciscan Church

  • Graduate student carefully excavating the remains of a charred post
  • Graduate student carefully excavating the remains of a charred post.
  • The base of the limestone baptismal font indicating the location of the baptistery
  • The base of the limestone baptismal font indicating the location of the baptistery.
  • The main support posts being erected during reconstruction
  • The main support posts being erected during reconstruction.

The size and proportional system of the church at Mission San Luis was identical to its counterpart in St. Augustine, dispelling the popular belief that all Florida missions were simply primitive outposts. The most challenging aspect of the excavation and reconstruction of the church was avoiding any damage to the cemetery located beneath the church’s floor. An estimated 900 mission residents are buried there.  Next