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Mission of Nombre de Dios, Saint Augustine

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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The history of Mission of Nombre de Dios dates back to Europe's early settlers on what's now U.S. soil. Florida's first Spanish settlers founded the mission in the second half of the 16th century as the religious center and a way to spread the Christian faith among the local Native American tribes. The land, close to the spot where Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed in 1565--marked by a 62 m (204 ft) tall cross--now hosts several churches and shrines. You can enjoy the serene atmosphere, visit holy sites, the mission's museum, monuments, and historic landmarks. Donations are accepted. You might want to bring insect repellent to fight off the mosquitoes. Using our world travel planner, Saint Augustine attractions like Mission of Nombre de Dios can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • you cant say you've been to st Augustine if you haven't gone to where it all started. On these tranquil beautiful grounds you can reconnect with God and nature and the history of where Christianity fi...  read more »
  • We stayed at the Holiday Inn a few blocks away and wanted to walk to the water. We saw this area and walked into the grounds - just breathtaking and beautiful. The origins of this place revolves aroun...  read more »
  • I kept passing this "attraction" for days while visiting the area and promised myself I'd take a few minutes to see what it was all about. It turned out to be a most peaceful hour's walk and "wander" ...  read more »
  • A restful little sanctuary park hidden just outside of downtown. I have been bringing my kids to this little gem after mass since they were born. A great place to take a walk, reflect on life and find a moment of peace in what can be a hectic and fast paced world. I hope this little place continues to be a secret off of the beaten path for my own selfish reasons.
  • This is a great shrine to visit, and it can be very quiet and peaceful. The only caveat is that there are times when the tour buses will drop off visitors who seem not to understand the significance of the shrine and can a bit noisy at times, but this is the exception and not the rule. It is definitely worth a visit and the gift shop has a lot of nice stock of quality religious items and souvenirs.
  • This is such a peaceful place. Absolutely beautiful to walk through. History and nature abound. The squirrels are great to watch too, they are plentiful! Great gift shop as well.
  • So peaceful here. We strolled around and kept cool under all of the tree's and loved all the lush greens!
  • Mission Nombre de Dios Rocks! Here, in September of 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed, claimed the land for Spain and for God, and kissed the crucifix handed to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza. Fr. Lopez celebrated the first parish Mass at the mission grounds, making St. Augustine the first Catholic parish in America. In the early 1600's the Spanish settlers of St. Augustine established the first shrine and devotion to Our Lady of la Leche. Mothers-to-be come from all over and pray to Our Lady of la Leche. Mass is prayed here every evening, Monday through Friday at 6:00 PM, after which the priests can be approached for prayers. Couples ask for intercession to conceive a child, to be good parents, for a safe delivery, Etc. Mass is also celebrated at the original little stone chapel on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM.
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