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Basilica Cathedral, St. Augustine

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The historical Basilica Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic bishop of St. Augustine. First established in the 1560s, the cathedral was named a National Historic Landmark in 1970. The Spanish Colonial-style cathedral that stands today is the fourth attempt to establish a lasting church in the city. The three previous buildings burned down: once due to natural causes and twice from British attacks. Today's cathedral was built from coquina stone quarried from nearby to help make it more fireproof. Visit "America's First Parish" for a closer look at the colonial history of this quaint town. The church's interiors have been undergoing some reconstruction, so you might need to duck under scaffolding. For Basilica Cathedral and beyond, use our St. Augustine itinerary builder to get the most from your St. Augustine vacation.
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  • Beautiful Cathedral with stained glass. A place to set and think. It has history and beauty. They take donations and have a set time you can visit. Glad we went to view.  more »
  • This church is beautiful. No other word for it. I love it's historical significance to St. Augustine.  more »
  • I attended a church service here on June 4, 2017 and the church was HUGE. The sanctuary was really decorated and the people in their were really friendly. They also had a gift shop that my dad liked t...  more »
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  • Beautiful historic cathedral of St Augustine. Great quiet prayerful escape from the bustle St George Street right next door. Just try not to interrupt church services and be respectful.
  • Beautiful place, peaceful, an awesome Cathedral Basilica, i think it’s one of the most beautiful I’ve ever been, I’d like to be there every sunday. Great place to spend some time with God.
  • I drive by every day on the way to work, very nice from the outside, I can't wait to go in and look at the historic beauty,
  • Absolutely breath-taking. Marvelous stained glass. Superb sculptures. If you enjoy 18th century architecture and art, then make sure and spend some time here.
  • It was a beautiful cathedral and it is beyond breath taking. I highly recommend making this one of your go-to locations.